The building is said to be a copy of another art school which had
impressed the council's architect. It was copied so slavishly
that, as the original had a cellar to deal with its sloping site, this
one had a cellar on its flat site. The original is sometimes said
to be the Glasgow School of Art - which, for a number of reasons, not
least the dates, is impossible. Other versions of the story put
the original in Liverpool.
The school seems to have specialised in art and design and certainly
turned out a lot of designers for local industry. Later it became
incorporated in the much larger Bilston Technical College but they
eventually abandonned it. It now lies empty and in dire need of a
new use. It is one of the landmark buildings of Bilston and
greatly appreciated by Bilstonians.