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EPS Office

EPS Office


EPS Office

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a.k.a. German Reformed Church

a.k.a. Vine St School

a.k.a. Evansville Public Library

a.k.a. Colored High School

200 NW 7th St
Evansville, IN

Quick Timeline

c1860 German Reformed Church is built
1868 Bought by school board and remodeled as Vine St School
1875 City library
1878 High school students move into rear of building.
1887 EPS superintendent office
1897 Classes move to Clark Street School
building remodeled significantly
1969 Razed


West corner 7th St (M L King Blvd) and Vine
District: Downtown
Latitude: 37.974927
Longitude: -87.569562
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1858 used Eastern Engine House while church was built 1860-1 german evangelical church (St. Paul's) north-west corner 7th and Vine evangelical? or typo (reformed) two story st pauls german evangelical sold building to school dept bought 101 years ago 1868 vine st school 1868 (first shows 1870-1 cd) church moved to various locations (same loc through 1870-1 cd) temporarily moved to Old Courthouse and Locust St Fire Stationtemporarily before settling into new church on Elsas Ave

city library refitted a building on 7th and vine 1875

In 1874 the Evansville Library Association disbanded and turned its property over to the city. It was placed in charge of the School Board, who set up a library in the former German Reformed church at 7th and Vine Streets, the same building which now contains the offices of the Superintendent and Business Manager of the Public Schools. Not in old central 1973 photo 109 German Reformed Church Reformed NW corner 7th and Vine Streets 1863 - 1871 7th 214 St. Paul's German Ev. Evangelical NW Corner 7th and Vine Streets 1860 - 1861 7th

1969 past 82 years as superintendent office

part of the library building (one room) was used for 1877 to ease governor 1878 Colored High school students move into their own building. Northwest side of Vine between 6th and 7th, rear of EPS office 1897 Classes move to Clark Street School

The Colored High School got its own building in 1878 in the rear of the school offices/library on Vine St and 7th. Previously the high school was located in the Governor Street School. listed as colored HS 1880 cd-1882 cd The first graduation of the "Colored High School occurred June 14, 1882 at Evans Hall

evansville deaf mute school 1887 cd - 1898 cd 1899-1901 simply listed as in high school 1898 expanded office building (remodel or rebuilt?) sits farther back on sanborn

Because of increasing enrollment, the high school moved to the newer facilities at the Clark Street School in 1897. Thereafter the high school was known as Clark.

cornerstone on building 1898, remodeled? or possibly rebuilt when central remodeled newer pictures differ from older ones (ie windows dont line up)

See also

Press article - Fate of EPS office (7/1/1969) Schools / Education Downtown district

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