Washington School of Shawnee

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City/Town: Shawnee
Location Class: School
Year Built: 1936
Year Abandoned: 1990's
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzMary Evans

Washington Elementary school was one of the three new ward schools built in 1904. Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington were all built on the same two-story floor plan with a basement and of the same architectural design. Washington was replaced by a newer building in 1937. The plot in Farrell Park where Washington stands was leased from the city for 99 years. In the 1980s when the school system went to grade centers, Washington housed all the Shawnee fifth graders. Use of the building was discontinued in the late 1990s.

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Carliecphotography
Carliecphotography
3 years ago

Where is this school located? I do photography and I've been looking everywhere for the address.

donal roe
donal roe
3 years ago

great school wonderful playground I remember mrs harrriston ms yancy ms Arnold what great memories

Shane presley
Shane presley
3 years ago

This was my favorite school I went to other than the old Jr high School over on highland I went there when it was the 5th grade center

Angela
Angela
3 years ago

Is it haunted and whats the address

Kara
Kara
4 years ago

Does anyone know who the owner is? I am trying to open a school and would love to bring this to life. Thanks.

Joy
Joy
Reply to  Kara
3 years ago

They said the Shawnee School System owns the building and they leased the property from the city of Shawnee for 99 years.

Gary
Gary
4 years ago

There's only 2 or 3 of these old WPA built schools left in Shawnee I'd like to see at least 1 of them saved for posterity!

orville
orville
5 years ago

I will all ways remember my friends an the classes I took here I hope their lives are wonderful an fulfilling

orville
orville
5 years ago

I wish I could go back to this school again I had a good attitude__

teresa
teresa
5 years ago

if someone had the money they could turn it into low income apartments or a homeless shelter….Shawnee has a lot of homeless people

meep
meep
5 years ago

do you think they would sell it to a private owner

Bobbie Withrow
Bobbie Withrow
6 years ago

I went to school here 1954-60, sad to see it like this.

orville
orville
6 years ago

I remember this old school building

Paige
Paige
6 years ago

Are people aloud to go inside the school to take photos or have photoshoots? Is there a certain authority that you would need to ask to have permission to go into the building? I have no intention on vandalising the building, just the way it looks, all run down, really sets the setting I'm trying to capture.

Edgar
Edgar
7 years ago

How did the Marilyn Bradford Demolition Crew miss this one?

Amber
Amber
7 years ago

I grew up and lived just a few blocks away in the 1980's and 1990's. The neighborhood is horrible. No business would ever take it over and fix it up. While it is a sound structure Shawnee has just out grown the location and pushed everything north. Even if it was demolished or renovated it would never attract the type of crowd worthy of an investment. Perhaps Shawnee should pay more attention to cleaning up the area and then consider converting into something for the public.

Amy
Amy
Reply to  Amber
3 years ago

You are bit judgemental, don't ya think? I live 1/2 a block north of the school. If the neighborhood was so horrible, and you think it wouldn't be optimal for bringing a "crowd worthy of investment", then why don't you stay on the north side of Shawnee and shut your trap. My husband and I happen to have very high IQ's, and my four children are healthy, smart, athletic, and make straight A's. I also happen to know a lot of very "worthy" people and their kids who live in this "horrible neighborhood". I would much rather live here than… Read more »

mary beth maranell
mary beth maranell
7 years ago

I went to this school in the 60's, 1rst through 3rd grade, sad to see it like this!

Johnny Kneisel
Johnny Kneisel
7 years ago

Totally fire proof building, concrete floors and roof. Solid as a rock.

ithinkbackwards
ithinkbackwards
7 years ago

I went to school there. i have some good memories of that place. its sad to see it like this.

Teresa
Teresa
7 years ago

The third shot into this entry caught my eye..I like the architecture of this building–if it is sound enough–maybe it should be saved and repurposed!

Mary Switzer
Mary Switzer
Reply to  Teresa
7 years ago

I think the worst part would be location, location, location. What could an old neighborhood school bldg. be converted into? Commercial use is implausible and would anyone want a shelter of any kind in their neighborhood? It is so sad to see how willing Americans are to just throw everything away and I would love to see it preserved. Light bulb momenet.. what about an extension of the library or a community bldg. BUT where would the money come from?

John
John
7 years ago

Went to this school in the 60's. Shame to see it has become so dilapidated. Should be demolished. Looks to be an eyesore and more of an invitation to vagrants.

Against John
Against John
Reply to  John
7 years ago

It should not be demolished. Should be restored and turned in to something useful. Keeping old buildings is a way to stay in touch with your past.

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