Awards of Excellence:
The Pioneer Group, Inc.

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Location Class:
Built: 1917 | Year Saved: 2004
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (2006)
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The Pioneer Group, Inc. of Topeka received the coveted Medallion Award for Excellence for a preservation project for their work to preserve and reuse the Roosevelt-Lincoln Junior High School in Salina.  The Lincoln building was designed by William Schmitt and the Roosevelt building was designed by Charles Shaver and were built around 1917.  The two buildings were connected since the 1960’s by gymnasiums and an enclosed walkway.  When the Salina Public School District built new facilities in 2004 they were preparing to abandon and demolish the Roosevelt-Lincoln school buildings.  The Pioneer Group acquired the buildings and began their conversion of the historic buildings into rental housing for people age 55 and better.  The Pioneer Group acted in a timely and decisive manner to preserve these structures and put them back into good use to serve the public in a different way than they had for 87 years.

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