“A new vision for Perkins: Watertown institution adapts to meet greater needs of students.” By Kathleen Burge. Boston Globe. October 18, 2009. The Gothic halls and stairways at the country’s oldest school for the blind no longer serve well some of the students studying at the Watertown institution. Now, for the first time in a century, Perkins is constructing a new Lower School classroom building designed to accommodate the changing needs of its students.