Sheboygan school placed on historic list

The Wisconsin Historical Society has placed the Washington Elementary School in Sheboygan on the State Register of Historic Places.

The Washington Elementary School, built in 1912, is an excellent example of the Classical Revival style, designed by the prominent architectural firm of H.C. Koch and Son of Milwaukee.

The expansion of the school reflected greater statewide trends in education, including specialization of educational facilities to address the needs of different age groups from kindergarten through eighth grade. Over time classrooms, an office, library, and a gymnasium were added. The Washington School served as a grade school and an anchor in the community until its closing in 2013.

The State Register is Wisconsin's official list of state properties determined to be significant to Wisconsin's heritage. The Division of Historic Preservation and Public History at the Wisconsin Historical Society administers both the State Register and National Register in Wisconsin.

To learn more about the state and national register programs in Wisconsin, visit

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