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718 West Phillip Street | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

National or State Registers Record

718 West Phillip Street

National or State Register of Historic Places
718 West Phillip Street | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:West Side School
Reference Number:09000124
Location (Address):718 West Phillip Street
West Side School
718 W Phillip St., Rhinelander, Oneida County
Dates of construction: 1928, 1939, 1988
Architects: Smith, Reynolds & Brandt (1928); Law, Law & Potter (1939)

The West Side School opened in 1924. At the time, it contained four classrooms on the main level, with a playroom and utilities on the lower level. In 1939, an addition to the north more than doubled the size of the school and provided each grade with a separate classroom. Because the two portions are nearly identical, the overall appearance is of a single unified design, loosely based on the Collegiate Gothic style.

The current building replaced a small single room school and signaled the expansion of the city's public schools. It also reflected the growing preference for "graded" schools with buildings that had separate classrooms for different grades. The 1939 addition is notable for its dedicated kindergarten classroom, with a large bay window, a fireplace, and art tiles depicting fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

The school closed in 2005. In 2007, The Commonwealth Companies used federal rehabilitation income tax credits to convert the former school to apartments. The apartments are private residences; please respect the rights and privacy of the residents.

Period of Significance:1924-1958
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Education
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Education: School
Architectural Style:Late Gothic Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Law, Law & Potter
Architect:Smith, Reynolds & Brandt
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:03/05/2009
State Register Listing Date:10/17/2008
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
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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