Henry Huttleston (H.H.) Rogers was an American industrialist and financier who made his fortune as a leader at Standard Oil. On Wall Street, he became known as "Hell Hound Rogers" and was considered one of the last and great "robber barons" of his day, amassing a fortune estimated at over $100 million. While ruthless in business, he was known for his generosity in helping others. Beginning in 1885, he began to donate buildings to his hometown of Fairhaven, Massachusetts; including a church, library, town hall, and schools. This school is my absolute favorite though 😍. A member of the 1856 graduating class of Fairhaven’s original wooden high school (demolished in the 1920s), H.H. chose to build a brand new educational palace that would be known as the “Castle on the Hill.” The Elizabethan-influence design is by Charles Brigham and includes marble floors, oak paneling, stained glass windows and a lovely auditorium with a beamed ceiling and carved wooden gargoyles. The library was once an octagonal gymnasium that contained the first indoor basketball court in an American high school. The building was dedicated in 1906 on the 50th anniversary of Rogers’ own graduation from high school. Mind is blown by these photos. What an amazing legacy! Tours of Fairhaven High School are given in the early summer - go to fairhaventours.com for details. Photos from Pinterest ❤️.
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