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N2155 USH 141

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N2155 USH 141 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Lena Road School
Reference Number:02000415
Location (Address):N2155 USH 141
Lena Road School
Town of Pound, Oconto County
Date of Construction: 1911

Local farmers constructed the Lena Road school on land donated by a Belgian settler. Farmers had a personal stake in this school because their tax dollars funded it and the school educated only the children of farmers in the immediate area.

Unlike typical one-room schools built after 1910, which were embellished using popular styles of the time, the Lena Road School is devoid of ornament and equipped with only the essential elements of a schoolhouse. A pyramidal wooden belfry that houses the school bell crowns the metal roof. A single door opens into a vestibule from the center of the short side of the building. Inside the vestibule are two side doors that open to gender-specific cloakrooms, and a door opposite the school entrance, which leads to the classroom. Along the north side of the building, a series of five windows allow only indirect light while providing excellent ventilation, a standard feature of schoolhouse design in this period.

Except for the electrification of the lighting, the interior is almost unchanged. School equipment such as cupboards and the blackboard convey a sense of the activity that had once taken place in the school.

The Lena Road School is privately owned, please respect the privacy of its owners.

Period of Significance:1911
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Education: School
Architectural Style:Late Victorian
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:04/26/2002
State Register Listing Date:01/23/2002
Number of Contributing Buildings:3
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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