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1438 S 8TH ST

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NAMES
Historic Name:Lincoln High School
Other Name:Lincoln High School
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Reference Number:57379
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):1438 S 8TH ST
County:Manitowoc
City:Manitowoc
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1924
Additions: 1930
Survey Date:19852017
Historic Use:elementary, middle, jr.high, or high
Architectural Style:Collegiate Gothic
Structural System:Unknown
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Perkins, Hamilton and Fellows
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Demolished?:No
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DESIGNATIONS
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Additional Information:2017- "This Collegiate Gothic high school was completed in 1924. Constructed of dark red brick with cream stone accents, this three story school was designed by Chicago architectural firm Perkins, Hamilton, and Fellows, with the landscaping designed by fellow Chicagoan Jens Jensen. It's most prominent feature is the ?-story tower above the main entrance, capped with a crenelated parapet with carved spires, gothic-arched openings, and flying buttresses. The entrance below features three levels of multi-paned windows with an arched stone hood mold above. Less decorative crenellations on the remainder of the flat-and gable-roofed portions of the building consist of ridged stone coping punctuated by shallow triangular and square pediments. Windows throughout are generally paired in multi-paned groups of two, often with operable hoppers and tabbed stone surrounds. Brick buttresses with elaborate carved stone caps separate the window bays on the central block. Carved bas-relief stone panels are present above windows and entrances in the square tower as well as the gabled-roofed wings to the north and south. Situated on a hill overlooking both the city to the north and the lakefront to the east, the school has a large setback from S. 3th Street. A "bowl" in front of the school has been created through high earthen embankments, and hosts school activities and the commencement ceremony each year. Additions to the school included a natatorium, constructed on the south end of the building in 1930. Further additions have included library, music, and cafeteria wings in 1955. In 1961, the John F. Kennedy Physical Education Center was added to the south, with renovations and further additions from 1996-2000."
-"City of Manitowoc Boundaries", WisDOT#1500-37-00, 1500-47-00, 4560-12-00, Prepared by Kelly Noack, (2017).

Thel Lincoln High School is a very good example of the Collegiate Gothic style as applied to a public school. The main building is three stories in height with a gable roof. False gables ends are found along the front facade, The main entrance features three arched doorways. The entire composition is capped by a four story bell tower topped with carved stone ornaments.

The beautifully maintained school sits on top of Roeffs' Hill on the south side of the City of Manitowoc and is a distinct visual landmark in the area. It was designed by a forerunner of Perkin and Will, a nationally known architectural firm in 1919 under the name Perkins, Hamilton and Fell0ows. It is the finest example of their style in the City and significant as such.
Bibliographic References:Ehlert, Edward, The Historyu of Manitowoc's Secondary lSchools, Manitowoc County Historical Society Monograph series #17, 1972. Citation in The American Contractor, 3 June 1922, page 72, identifies the construction of a $150,000 high school in Manitowoc, 9th & Division, by Perkins, Fellows & Hamilton.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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