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Property Name Modale School and Masonic Hall
Reference Number 13001136
State Iowa
County Harrison
Town Modale
Street Address 107 S. Main Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 2/5/2014
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, EDUCATION, SOCIAL HISTORY, ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATION
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13001136.pdf
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The Modale School and Masonic Hall, located in the town of Modale in Harrison County, Iowa, is locally significant under Criteria A and C. Under Criterion A, the building is significant for its association with the development of Modale's public school system. Built in 1880, the school functioned as part of the Taylor Township sub-district as school No. 3. The local history of the Modale School is typical of thousands of other sub-district schools across the state, and as such represents the history of early Iowans' commitment to providing free education for all. The building is also significant under Criterion A for its association with the Masonic lodge and its reflection of the importance of this fraternal society to the social history of Modale and Harrison County. The Masons acquired the building in 1911 when the school board decided to build a new brick school. The building was remodeled for use as their lodge hall on the second floor, with a stage and, later a movie theater, added on the first floor. Even after the Masons acquired the building, it continued to be used for school purposes during the period when the new school was being built (i.e., spring 1911) and then again when that school burned down and had to be rebuilt (1957). The building's public hall was also used for school plays and other activities. The addition of first a public theater and then a movie theater to the first floor hall in the early twentieth century is also significant for its association with the evolution of recreation and culture in small town Iowa.

 

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