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Independence Junior High School

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Built: 1923 | Year Saved: 2011
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

Independence Junior High School has functioned without interruption as a public school since it was built in 1923. The recent rehabilitation, completed in 2011, updated the facilities and spaces to meet modern programmatic and educational needs and extend the viable life of the building. The rehabilitation generally retained the school’s historic plan and finishes, reversed some non-historic alterations and sensitively altered other spaces to accommodate modern educational needs. Construction occurred over 18 months, during which time contractors, teachers and students shared the building. Temporary portable classrooms were installed to house children whose classrooms were under construction.

State historic preservation tax credits were utilized to fund this project.

The project team included the Independence USD 446, DLR Group, Nabholz Construction and Rosin Preservation.

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