Old School Square in Delray Beach-The Center Of This All America City

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Old School Square in Delray Beach-The Center Of This All America City

Almost all cities and towns have a center. It is a place...be it a city block, a corner, or an area that extends many blocks...where residents gather to disseminate local information, hold meetings, and celebrate events.

Old School Square in Delray Beach is just that.

Actually, Old School Square is not just one building but several...Crest Theatre, Cornell Art Museum, The Creative Arts School, The Pavilion, and The Fieldhouse.


old school square


What it was…

The corner of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton began as the home of Delray Elementary (1913) and Delray High School (1925).  With hard work, effort, and good foresight, a group of citizens organized to raise funds to keep the buildings from being demolished in the mid-1980’s.  

Palm Beach County School District no longer used the schools and they were set for demolition.

Thankfully this group, headed by Frances Bourque, the Delray Beach Historical Society, was able to save the buildings from being demolished but also restored them. All of this was done in a matter of years and by 1990, Delray Beach Elementary emerged as the new Cornell Museum of Art.


old school square


What It Is…

Crest Theatre

The original high school auditorium, this 300+ seat theatre is a showcase for lecture series, some touring Broadway musicals and plays, comedy shows, Catch a Rising Star as well as serves as a venue for performances by local schools and organizations.


Cornell Art Museum

Cornell Art Museum emerged from Delray Elementary School and recently underwent a $1 Million interior renovation.

Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM.

Admission is $8 (General Admission)

$5 for Seniors and Students

Free for children under 12, OSS Members and Veterans.


The Pavilion at Old School Square

It’s hard to believe, but the Pavilion was just completed in 2002. Today it is the hub for the Delray Beach Free Friday Night Concerts, Festivals, and many more live performances.


Creative Arts School

The school is located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre. Classes are held for students of all ages in Photography, Art, Writing, and various children's courses.


The Fieldhouse

The old gym (1925) still retains the look of a high school gymnasium but now is used for craft shows, receptions, community events, and parties. You can still go up to the loft and picture what it might have been like to watch a student basketball game there. Each year the Delray Orchid Society holds its annual Show & Sale in the Fieldhouse.


delray orchid show at old school square



That’s not all there is to Old School Square and the 4 acres it sits on.

During the season the Delray Beach GreenMarket occupies part of Old School Square Park.  And just as Thanksgiving approaches, the park is home to the famous 100 foot Christmas tree and all of the festivities that accompany it.


delray beach green market


Old School Square

51 N. Swinton Avenue

Swinton and Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach, FL 33444



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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Southwestern cities typically don't have this and Oklahoma City has been no exception. We are building an 80 acre park downtwon and this may help.

Jan 15, 2018 04:04 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Kathy. Delray Beach is a special place! Enjoy your town!

Jan 15, 2018 04:35 AM #2
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Morning Kathy-nice history lesson . I have been there many times but didn't know all that info. Good for the vision of the folks that saved and created Old Schoolhouse Square!

As we wrap Art Deco Weekend this story remined me of when I was in a human baracade in 1979 blocking the wrecking ball of The New Yorker Hotel. We lost that battle but saved a lot and got the rest preserved. They would have torn all of South Beach down!

Jan 15, 2018 04:37 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

The Cornell family was also a large donor to the Palm Beach Zoo, I had the pleasure in knowing him in years past. A very humble person.

Jan 15, 2018 04:58 AM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Kathy.  I'm glad that these historic buildings and their history has been preserved.

Jan 15, 2018 05:35 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The Old School Square sounds like a great place to hang out and enjoy, Kathy.  We have a Crest Theater here in Sacramento too.

Jan 15, 2018 06:12 AM #6
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is such a wonderful place, it is up to 7 degrees and i wonder why i am not there Kathy Streib 

Jan 15, 2018 06:22 AM #7
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib - While the Old Square may sound old to someone who doesn't know about this area, it is the source of great information for anyone who lives in Delray Beach. The Old Square offers more than city government, there's the arts, entertainment, education, and culture too. Until now, I didn't know any of this.


Jan 15, 2018 07:40 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love when communities care about their history.  Our Santa Barbara Historical Society is very active.  When previous fires threated the Cold Spring Tavern, they had a fire proof silicone structure created for the building to keep it intact, the cost was over $80,000 a few years ago.  A

Jan 15, 2018 08:14 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Looks and sounds like such a neat place, I would definitely want to check it out, if I was there!

Jan 15, 2018 11:38 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Kathy - I am so glad that Delray Beach did not demolish these building but honor their heritage.

Jan 15, 2018 12:12 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe Pryor I wish you luck with it!!!!

Wayne Martin Looking forward to meeting you!

Marco Giancola I'm so proud of what you did!!!   

Jan 15, 2018 04:27 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz you are an amazing person and I learn something about you all of the time!!!

So am I Gabe Sanders There are so many interesting older buildings here and we need to try to save them. 

Jan 15, 2018 04:30 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl Jeffcoat Most of our activities take place at Old School Square. 

Scott Godzyk you would have loved it here today...top down kind of weather. 

Thank you Patricia Feager I love driving by to see it every day. 

Jan 15, 2018 04:33 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I'd say that $80,000 was a good investment!

Hi Brian England love the new profile photo. 

Me too Grant Schneider And I love going into the old gymnasium and trying to imagine what it was like when it served as the gym for the school. 

Jan 15, 2018 04:36 PM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Nobody knows Delray Beach like you do girl! Great post!

Jan 16, 2018 06:33 PM #16
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