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1238 GEELE AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Washington Elementary School
Other Name:
Reference Number:129003
Location (Address):1238 GEELE AVE
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1912
Additions: 1926
Survey Date:2011
Historic Use:elementary, middle, jr.high, or high
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:H.C. Koch & Sons
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Washington Elementary School
National Register Listing Date:2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:Initially surveyed in 2002.

Limestone accentuates the building's belt courses, surrounds, sills, lintels, water table, and patterned wall panels. Front entrance surmounted by a classically-embellished, semicircular-arch hood.

Washington was erected to relieve overcrowded conditions at Sheboygan's Eighth Ward School and Horace Mann Elementary School. Land for the school was purchased from Max Kroos and August Herman for $5,500. H.C. Koch & Sons designed the fireproof school with classrooms, an office, library, and two larger reception rooms, at a cost of $44,000. Rudolf Jahn of Sheboygan headed the construction. A 1926 addition added a gymnasium and more classrooms. The school intially housed students through eighth grade, but with the dedication of Urban Middle School in 1961, it became solely an elementary school. In the late 1970s remodeling was performed to improve energy efficiency. In 2000, a $1.2 million renovation and expansion occurred at the school, and included a new library, computer lab, more classrooms, an elevator, an expanded cafeteria, and staff lounge space.
Bibliographic References:LJM Architects, Inc. #28;City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin: Architectural and Historical Intensive Survey Report.#29; City of Sheboygan Historic Preservation Commission & Department of City Development; 2002, 2004 & 2006. Leberman, Joseph, One Hundred Years of Sheboygan, 1846-1946 (Sheboygan, WI: n.p. 1946), pg. 90.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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