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Columbia School

Columbia School


Columbia School

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601 W Columbia St
Evansville, IN 47710

Quick Timeline

1874-5 School is built
1895 Rear addition is built
1914 Annex built to east
1921-2 Gym/auditorium built
1978 Columbia School closes
1979 Building is razed


North side of Columbia St, between Edgar St and Oakley St
District: North Main
Latitude: 37.98512823
Longitude: -87.57298708
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The Columbia Street School was built from 1874-5. It was another of the "outskirts" buildings that was put up to keep the scholars from taking too long walks to and from school. The original building was a 3-story building on Columbia St at the end of Oakley St (Oakley north of Columbia was then Dunk Ave).

Sometime around 1890 "St" was dropped and the name was shortened to Columbia School

In 1895, a large wing was added in the rear of the building.

An annex built at corner of Edgar and Columbia was erected in 1914. both towers were condemned after damage suffered during a tornado june 1914

From 1921-2, a gymnasium and auditorium were built on corner of Oakley and Maryland.

When the EVSC eliminated neighborhood schools in 1978, Columbia school closed its doors after the 1977-78 school year. Daniel Wertz and Culver, however, were spared.

The school was razed 1979. Columbia Healthcare Center stands where the school used to be.


Incorrectly labelled as a high school on the 1888 map

See also

Press article: Closing of Columbia School (8/11/1977) Schools / Education North Main district

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