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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Lowell Elementary School

Picture of property 1040 Orville Ave
Kansas City (Wyandotte County)
Listed in National Register 2008-01-31

Architect: Rose, William W. & Peterson, David B.
Category: other; school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Lowell Elementary School is located in the Riverview Neighborhood at 1040 Orville Avenue. The school's original eight classrooms were built in 1898, but a William Rose-designed addition in 1905 unified the front elevation. He also consulted on a 1922 addition to the building. Classical Revival elements evident on Lowell include pediments, pilasters, engaged columns with decorative capitals, and cornice line dentils. Beaux Arts features include ballustraded windowsills above the entrances and arched windows. Named in honor of poet James Russell Lowell, students in grades one through seven attended Lowell Elementary School until 1980 when it was used as a warehouse. The building was nominated as part of the "Historic Public Schools of Kansas" multiple property listing for its architectural significance.

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