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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Clyde School

Picture of property 620 Broadway St
Clyde (Cloud County)
Listed in National Register 2009-01-22

Architect: Schmidt, Lorentz (1884-1952)
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Built beginning in 1917-1918 and completed in 1923-1924, Clyde School originated from plans of Wichita-based architect Lorentz Schmidt, who was widely known for his designs of public schools. Schmidt was born and raised in Clyde and his design of this school came early in his career, which spanned 1915-1952. The need for a new school building in Clyde came about as a result of a fire in 1916 that destroyed the previous building. Cost constraints and economic uncertainties brought about by the country's entry into World War I led the town's school board to take a cautious approach to the building project. As a result, the building was erected in two phases. Current plans call for the building to be rehabilitated for use as low-income housing. The building is an example of the Town Graded School subtype designed in the Collegiate Gothic Revival style. It is nominated as part of the "Historic Public Schools of Kansas" Multiple Property Submission for its architectural significance.

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