Washington School in Osage is Reusable

Meeting with state officials confirm rehabilitation possibilities

Posted on February 20th, 2011 9:59 am

The Osage School Board recently decided not to sell the 1916 Washington School, closed by the district two years ago. In January, state historic preservation office staff Paula Mohr and Jack Porter visited the building and met with school officials to discuss ways to reuse it. Despite concerns about asbestos and lead paint, the building could successfully be reused and, due to its historic status, might have access to state and federal tax credits for historic preservation.

Numerous schools around the state, including some in Oskaloosa, Spencer, and Waterloo, have been put to use as apartments. Preservation Iowa members might recall that the Oskaloosa Schools were winners of the 2010 Preservation at Its Best Award for Adaptive Use.
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