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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Bryant School

Picture of property 1011 Mansfield St.
Winfield (Cowley County)
Listed in National Register Oct 4, 2017

Architect: Multiple
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

First constructed in 1880 for Winfield’s second or west ward, the Bryant School is the only extant school building that illustrates the town’s earliest public education history. As the town’s population grew, the school building was expanded to include additional classroom space first in 1916 then in circa 1922 when a separate elementary building was constructed on the north side of the parcel. The main school building was again updated in 1938 to accommodate better circulation and the building’s first indoor restrooms. The Bryant School continued to serve the children of western Winfield until 1964. By the end of the 1960s this was the home of the Cowley County Historical Society Museum, who continues to own and operate it today. The school complex is significant for its association with Winfield’s public education history and for its local architectural significance as an example of the City Graded School.

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