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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Lincoln High School

Picture of property 700 S 4TH ST
Lincoln (Lincoln County)
Listed in National Register 2020-02-03

Architect: William H Sayler
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Lincoln High School is significant on a local level as a representative of the town’s commitment to public education. The building, constructed in 1922, served the needs of the community for seventy-four years. Lincoln High School is an excellent example of the City High School property type. The school is significant architecturally as a representative of a Collegiate Gothic public school building and the work of Kansas City, Missouri architect William H. Sayler. The School reflects Collegiate Gothic stylistic influences common in schools designed in the post-WWI period. The gabled center entry with gothic-arch surrounds, buttress-like pilasters and the crenulated parapet are characteristics of the style. The school’s design reflects the latest trends in school planning with a separate auditorium and gymnasium and specialized classrooms for the manual training, agriculture, commercial and domestic science departments. Lincoln High School is an intact representative William H. Sayler’s public schools, a specialty throughout his career. Sayler was a talented designer as seen in a variety of buildings in Atchison Kansas, several Elks lodges across the state, as well as in his numerous schools in Kansas during the 1910s and early 1920s.

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