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237 South Sawyer Street

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Historic Name:Lincoln School
Reference Number:13000865
Location (Address):237 South Sawyer Street
Lincoln School
237 South Sawyer Street, Shawano, Shawano County
Architect: Parkinson & Dockendorff
Date of Construction: 1925

The fire that destroyed the original Lincoln School in 1924 presented city leaders with an opportunity to expand their approach to education. They planned a school that would serve children from kindergarten through eighth grade in the burgeoning progressive model.

The 1925 Lincoln School, designed in the Collegiate Gothic style, embodied the most current philosophies in education and school design at the time it was built. Educators believed in a diverse curriculum that would provide children with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills. To foster these goals, school buildings were designed with specialized spaces including a library, manual training and domestic science rooms, and a gymnasium with shower rooms.

The architectural firm of Parkinson and Dockendorff, a specialist in modern school design, created a school with modern amenities such as central heating, electricity and indoor plumbing. Classrooms were large and expansive windows provided abundant natural light and ventilation. Perhaps most charming is the kindergarten classroom, which in an effort to project a home-like environment for very small children, included a fireplace and built-in window seats around a large bay window.

The Lincoln School is the oldest surviving school building in Shawano, and is one of only two remaining school buildings constructed in the city prior to World War II.

Period of Significance:1925
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Education: School
Architectural Style:Late Gothic Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Parkinson and Dockendorff
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:11/07/2013
State Register Listing Date:08/23/2013
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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