Industrial Arts Building

The National Mary Potter Club is seeking funding for the restoration of the Mary Potter School Shop Building (aka Industrial Arts Building), located at 201 McClanahan Street, in Oxford, NC. The ultimate goal is to bring this grand structure built in 1926 back from its decline and restore it as a multi-purpose community center within three years. Per our feasibility study, the neighborhood and public service agencies welcome and support the rehabilitation and proposed use of the building as a community center for Granville County. This building is located in the downtown Historic District of Oxford. The Mary Potter School Shop building was deeded to the National Mary Potter Club in 2016 by the Granville County Board of Commissioners.

The Mary Potter School Shop Building is a two level building that consist of approximately 0.29 acres. It is 38’ x 72’ which yields 2,736 gross square feet on each of two levels. There is a main level with two exits, and a basement with a single exit. There is no connecting staircase between the two floors. Due to the decline and age of the building code issues such as fire alarm system, handicap accessibility, door clearances, restroom sizes, parking, site retaining wall, heating and air, and plumbing need to be addressed. The building is solid and the location is good and close to downtown for accessibility. It is in close proximity to the Oxford Fire Department and Oxford Police and Sheriff Departments.

The Mary Potter School Shop building will be transformed into a multi-purpose community center with a theatre style space for public forums, music or drama programs; meeting and classroom space, library and reading room, and exhibit space. As a building on the National Historic Registry, its restoration will allow it to be an additional tourist attraction for the city and a center of learning, arts and fun for the community.

This is the last of three remaining buildings of the original campus of Mary Potter High School. Under Dr. Shaw’s capable leadership, the school grew to include a 20 acre farm, five brick buildings, two cottages, and a small store. The Mary Potter Shop Building has been vacant since 2001. The Mary Potter The Potterites and friends of the NMPC are committed to the restoration of the Mary Potter School Shop Building with a focus on Vision, Faith and Legacy.

Tax deductible donations can be made payable to: National Mary Potter Club, Inc.
Address: NMPC, P.O. Box 586, Oxford, NC 27565
Project Manager: Rosalyn M. Green 301-351-4850
Facebook: Mary Potter School, Oxford, NC