[Real estate investor Chris Winkle (from right) teamed up with custom builder Mike Spillane to convert the old Blaine Street School into two luxury residences. They are shown in the kitchen in one of the units.]
The resulting living spaces are arranged side-by-side, meaning each unit has a main floor and second-story floor, above the garden level basement that creates the extra half-story.
The pillared grand entrance facing Jefferson that once welcomed Batavia elementary school children has been restored to its former glory, leading to a common vestibule, which in turn serves as the entry to the individual homes.
Each unit measures about 1,800 square feet excluding the basement, with two-and-a-half bathrooms, three bedrooms and several smaller rooms, closets and hallways.
The great room in each unit measures about 20-by-30 feet, creating an expansive living area and kitchen space under a 12-foot ceiling. Along the room’s interior brick wall runs a 21-step stairway up to the bedroom level.