ABOUT THE SCHOOLHOUSE
The Grier City Schoolhouse was built in the early 1900s. In its current form, The Schoolhouse has two floors of living space, a full height ceiling basement, and an unfinished attic with a cupola. Downstairs consists of the guest classroom, the kitchen, dining area, and full bathroom (formerly the boys bathroom). The upstairs is the owner's private residence and includes a bedroom, a full bathroom (formerly the girls bathroom), and the owner's painting studio.
According to newspaper clippings, the schoolhouse was in operation at least until the late 1950s. Each classroom held two grades, 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, and 7 & 8. The Schoolhouse then passed into private hands. Susan Bush was one of the first owners to invest and live in The Schoolhouse full time. She purchased it in 1984 and used it as a residence and a place of business where she made custom handmade high end luggage.
After almost two decades, The Schoolhouse was sold to a group of friends from Washington D.C. in 2002. The Schoolhouse was primarily used as a vacation property over the next decade.
In December 2015, Maria Stabio purchased the property and began a complete renovation. The entire exterior (excluding the cupola) was painted. All the windows were re-glazed and weatherstripped. The attic and walls were insulated. The original plaster walls were skim coated and painted. All exterior walls were drywalled. The entire interior was painted. Upstairs and downstairs bathrooms plumbing was updated and a new shower was installed. Overhead lighting was installed in all rooms. The floors were refinished. Finally the rooms were decorated and furnished. In Fall 2017, the first phase was completed. Phases two and three will include the renovation of the basement and cupola.
IN THE NEWS
Articles about The Schoolhouse:
Republican Herald: Architectural treasures part of Christmas tour this weekend
ABOUT THE OWNER
Maria Stabio is originally from San Francisco, CA. She is an artist who works mainly in painting and social practice. She has lived and traveled all over the world and the United States in the arts as a student, teacher and artist in residence. Motivated by the urgency to establish a full-time painting studio unencumbered by surging urban real estate values, she began looking for a building within driving distance of New York City without the high prices of the Hudson Valley. She settled upon the Lehigh Valley and its surrounding area known as the Coal Region of Northeast Pennsylvania.
Visit her website to learn more about her artwork.