Views of the Chalet School: Tirolean Descriptions

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"The bulding was [made] of wood and plaster, like most of the buildings in the Tiern Valley... A fresco...adorned the walls...[and a] balcony...ran all round the house...about ten feet above the ground... [At the windows were] window boxes full of geraniums and marguerites." - The Chalet School Companion (page 39)

"There's a big room they had built on for a Speisesaal, and we've turned that into a classrooom... Two little rooms we've given to you [Madge] and Mademoiselle, and a huge loft affair we've put the kids' beds in. It holds eight easily... There's a landing-stange just opposite, and the water's quite shallow. Old Braun at the Kron Prinz Karl says you can bathe from there in the summer." - The School at the Chalet (pages 42-43 hardback)

"The huge room, which had been built to accomodate eighty people at meals, had been partioned off into two good-sized classrooms. A third next to them had been made of a small room which had been used as a lounge - the former owner of the Chalet had tried to run it as a semi-restaurant. Another one, on the opposite side of the door, had been turned into a sitting room, sacred to Madge and Mademoiselle. There were no carpets on the floors, but they were brought to a fine polish with beeswax and hard rubbing. The furniture, with the exception of the schoolroom appointments, was all old... In the long kitchen at the back of the house Marie Pfeifen reigned, with a younger sister and cousin to help, while Brother Hans cleaned shoes and knives, and attended to the huge procelain stoves which warmed the place throughout." - The School at the Chalet (pages 50-51 hardback)

"The window of the room opened on to the balcony that ran all round the house." - The School at the Chalet (page 274 hardback)

"The Chalet was a very large wooden building which had been designed for a hotel. - Jo of the Chalet School (page 10)

"...the high gate in the withy fence... it was a good substantial affair now, with strong iron staves driven into the ground at frequent intervals for supports, and with double interlacing of the withes." - The Princess of the Chalet School (page 16)

"...the gate in the high fence that cut off the school from the curiosity of the visitors that throng to the Tiern See in the summer months..." - The Chalet School and Jo (page 19)

"...covered passages which will communicate with all three houses." - The New House at the Chalet School (page 9)

"...she turned into the house that led round the house [the original Chalet building]... They turned off the path, and went down the flower garden, and through a wicket gate, newly erected, and into another garden where men were hard at work, bringing what had been meadow land into proper trim... before her stood a large, long house [the new Middles' House], two storeys high in front, though the back had an additional floor. It was built largely of wood and plaster, like the other two houses of the school, and the plastering had been decorated with frescoes. Four casement windows ran along one side; then came the front door, with a big porch, and another casement. Above these ran a line of ten windows; and above these again what proved to be a roof garden, the flatness being broken by two ridge-shaped skylights which...lighted the back cubicles of the two large dormitories at the front of the first floor." - The New House at the Chalet School (pages 11 & 12)

"...the great alarm bell in the turret at Ste Therese's..." - A United Chalet School (page 89)

"...the little tower which crowned Ste Therese's and held a large bell swung by a rope... It [the bell] clanged sonorously as if it meant to rouse the whole valley - as indeed, it did!... when the bell was established, it had been arranged that it should be a signal not merely to the school, but to the whole of Briesau." - Jo Returns to the Chalet School (pages 94 & 105)