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Aug 24

[ARCHIVED] Kansas School Buildings and Grounds in 1911

The original item was published from August 24, 2017 9:20 AM to August 24, 2017 10:00 AM

As Kansas' population boomed at the turn of the last century so did the need for new school buildings.  School districts across the state were hard pressed to keep up with the influx of students and the Kansas Department of Public Instruction published several books on school architecture, highlighting architectural achievements and offering plans and suggestions for the construction of practical yet beautiful schools.

The State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library offers here another digitized book on Kansas school architecture published during that time.  This one, issued by the Kansas Department of Public Instruction in 1911, includes a nice sampling of photographs of Kansas schools.  Among the schools featured are buildings in Douglas County, Topeka (Central Park School), Seneca, Marshall County, Cherokee County High School in Columbus, Emporia, Ellsworth, Hutchinson, Rose Hill, Burns, Gaylord, Wellington, Courtland, Alma, Sabetha, Salina High School, Bonner Springs High School, Mankato High School, Pratt High School, Clay County High School, Winfield High School, Hutchinson High School, Wichita Manual Training High School, Atchison High School Photos are also provided showing cooking, manual training, drawing, blacksmithing, physics classes and a chemical laboratory in Topeka,

The book is not limited to buildings but includes examples and advice on landscaping and playgrounds. as well as advice and plans on model school buildings, proper heating/ventilation and school sanitation.

You can check out this 1911 book here:


Many thanks to the Kansas Historical Society for the loan of this book for digitization and inclusion in the KGI Online Library!