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Property Name Killefer Lydia D., School
Reference Number 15000123
State California
County Orange
Town Orange
Street Address 541 North Lemon Street
Multiple Property Submission Name Latinos in 20th Century California MPS
Status Listed 4/7/2015
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, SOCIAL HISTORY
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000123.pdf
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The Lydia D. Killefer School is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion A in the area of Social History as an example of institutional development associated with the early twentieth century growth of the Cypress Street Barrio in Orange. The period of significance is 1942 through 1944, reflecting the school's process of voluntary desegregation. For that action, completed three years before the landmark Mendez v. Westminster ruling required schools in California to end segregation, the Killefer School meets the registration requirements for the context "Making a Democracy: Latino Struggles for Inclusion of the Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission". The Killefer School is also eligible for listing in the National Register at the local level of significance under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as an excellent example of a Spanish Colonial Revival schoolhouse in Southern California. It is a rare extant example of a schoolhouse that pre-dates the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. The period of significance under Criterion C is 1931, the date the school was constructed.

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Latinos in 20th Century California MPS https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/64501239.htm

 

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