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Property Name Mantua Center School
Reference Number 13000682
State Ohio
County Portage
Town Mantua
Street Address 11741 Mantua Center Rd
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/4/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Community Planning & Development
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The Mantua Center School is eligible for the National Register under Criteria A as representative of the continuing evolution of the educational process in the small community of Mantua Center. Within Portage County twenty-one township schools were constructed between 1913 and 1920 as a result of the centralization of township one-room schools into spacious, centrally located facilities. Mantua Center School was an early example in the county and one of only five that remain. At the time of its design and construction, the community ensured that its new building included the latest technology in fire safety and sanitation facilities. The school continued to be a central social as well as educational facility in the community, seeing continuous use as a school building through various consolidations encouraged by the state and pushed by the Portage County superintendent of schools. Finally, post-World War II population increase and educational trends of the 1950's and 60's prompted the planning of an addition to the school, which was completed in 1964. The school is also eligible under Criteria C as a good example of an early twentieth century Neo-Classical Revival educational facility. The restrained and dignified features of the Mantua Center School reflected its status in a small rural community and served as inspiration to the community members as well as to the students within its walls. It retains sufficient integrity to visually represent its significant past.


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