Historic Schools Grant Recipients
Since 2006, Lowe's has donated $5 million to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve significant historic properties across the country. In 2010, grants have been awarded to aid the rehabilitation of ten historic schools, and eight Rosenwald Schools. This brings Lowe's support to more than 50 historic schools and their communities in 19 states, from Alaska to South Carolina.
The rehabilitated schools will serve central roles in their communities, including a cultural and educational center for senior citizens and a shelter and support center for victims of domestic violence. The ten historic schools are expected to complete their Lowe's-funded restorations in 2011.
Click on the list below to learn more about the schools and their rehabilitation projects.
Historic Anchorage Pioneer Schoolhouse (Achorage, AK)
Approaching its 100th birthday, the schoolhouse is almost as old as the city of Anchorage itself. Once a schoolhouse on the edge of the wilderness, the building will be used for community events and as home to the Anchorage Women's Club.
Central School (Bisbee, AZ)
Built in 1905, this school stood as a symbol of the bustling mining town's commitment to its bright future. As Bisbee has transformed into an artistic hub in the Southwest, the school, serving as a visual arts center, remains an emblem of its community's future.
Dorchester Academy (Midway, GA)
Founded as a school for freed slaves, Dorchester Academy went on to play a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. The Birmingham march in 1963 was planned at the school, which was named to the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America list in 2009. The former school will serve as a museum and community center.
Lincoln Creek Day School (Fort Hall, ID)
Set in the most remote district of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Lincoln Creek Day School was built in 1937 as part of a "New Deal" for Native Americans. Designed to respect and foster native cultures, the school again will serve its original purpose as a community center.
Wheatley Public School building (Poplar Bluff, MO)
Wheatley Public School stands at the center of Poplar Bluff's African-American community. The school will expand its service to the community as a hub of multicultural, social and educational activities.
Historic Target Range School (Missoula, MT)
The Target Range School served the Missoula community for more than a century, but it has been abandoned for many years as a storage house. A Boy Scout troop and a group of committed volunteers are determined to restore the building to its place as a cornerstone of the community.
Booker T. Washington High School (Rocky Mount, NC)
Rocky Mount's only African-American high school for more than 40 years was also the first place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. Today, the school serves as a community center, offering job training, primary health care and more to a large African-American community.
Stevens-Buswell School (Bedford, NH)
Built in 1921, the Stevens-Buswell School has served its community as a school, a police department and even a museum for the inventor who brought radio to the world. The school will serve as a much-needed community center.
Franklin Street School (Cape May, NJ)
The Franklin Street School stands as one of the few buildings left to tell the story of African-Americans' contribution to the development of Cape May. It will be the only community center on the island, offering vibrant arts, cultural and educational opportunities to underserved citizens.
Park Addition School (Chaplin School) (Cheyenne, WY)
Built in the 1930s, Park Addition has served its community as both a school and a day-care facility. The school will become the home of Safehouse Sexual Assault Services, offering support services and shelter to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.