Historic Properties for Sale: $1 School Edition

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by David Garber 3 Comments

Old Lincoln School - Rock Island, Illinois

This city-owned landmark was built in 1894 and is for sale to a qualified developer for redevelopment as mixed-use commercial or residential space. It was listed as one of the 10 most endangered properties in Illinois in 2005. Best part? Pricetag: $1.

Parker-Gray School - Alexandria, Virginia

Located just steps from Old Town Alexandria and the Braddock Road metro station, this 1944 structure needs some TLC to bring it back to its former glory.  Originally constructed as a nursery school for African-American children during WWII, the building became the William Thomas American Legion Post #129, which continued to serve the local African-American community through the 20th century. Pricetag: $675,000.

Barnett Hospital and Nursing School - Huntington, West Virginia

The historic Barnett Hospital and Nursing School is a three story frame and brick veneer building is zoned for residential and/or commercial development. Parking is available on site. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 and is eligible for West Virginia and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The building is the only known Black Hospital founded, owned, and administer by a single African-American, Dr. C. C. Barnett, still standing. Dr. Barnett was a first cousin of Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History. Pricetag: $500,000.

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3 Responses

  1. Sabra Smith

    January 6, 2012

    Wait, wait! You forgot one! In Fort Washington, Pennsvylania, we have a school building (1898 and 1917) that will be torn down unless the Upper Dublin Township receives a qualified bid. We managed to get the demolition discussion delayed for awhile, but we need a new owner to come forward. We’d even settle for someone with knowledge sending a letter to the Township to help convince them that the building would be ideal for residential/adaptive reuse!

    The RFP was posted online in October of 2010 and has a township-funded assessment report including drawings of the site, but not floorplans. The architects of the 1917 portion were Schermerhorn & Phillips


  2. Carin Carlson

    January 9, 2012

    Check out the adaptive reuse of the Philip Sweed School in Petaluma, California. Perhaps someone involved can provide some support for reusing the Upper Dublin School – they appear similar in size.


    http://westbaybuilders.com/#/Projects / Historical/

  3. Sabra Smith

    January 12, 2012

    Carin: thank you so much for the case study! You are right — the size does look comparable to our 1917 school. Time’s running out here — the model train club that operates in the basement of the small 1898 portion are going to the zoning board to try and get the larger 1917 portion demolished in an effort to preserve their model train set up. The Upper Dublin Historical Commission is working hard to preserve the school and find someone who could take on an adaptive re-use project.