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Property Name Great Falls High School Historic District
Reference Number 13000097
State Montana
County Cascade
Town Great Falls
Street Address 1900 Second Avenue South, Great Falls, MT
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/20/2013
Areas of Significance EDUCATION , ARCHITECTURE
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The Great Falls High School Historic District defines a distinct chapter in the development of Great Falls and Central Montana. While not the first high school in the city, its conception and construction reflects the beginning of the golden years in the development of the city resulting its desirable location and increase population. The Great Falls High School Historic District is a pragmatic symbol of the growth of the city. The Great Falls High School Historic District is eligible for listing at a local level in the National Register under criteria A and C. Under Criterion A, the construction of the school continued the previous community service to education. Its construction was a testament to the value of a new educational model that incorporated traditional learning environments with specialized instructional areas for science, industrial arts, creative arts and formalized athletics. Its role in the educational development of the city, its direct connection to significant figures and its display of current architectural evolution all contribute to its significance under Criterion A. The Great Falls High School Historic District is also significant under Criterion C as the school itself reflects the Late Collegiate Gothic Revival style of the period 1910 to 1940 and is the only example of Late Collegiate Gothic Revival in the city. The school displays defining a rch itectural elements of the style including crenelated parapets, Gothic arch window and door openings, tracery windows and tower. The brick work incorporates five different bond patterns and the extensive use of cut sandstone details produced a structure of un ma tched matched beauty and utility.


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