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Location DB > United States > Missouri > Kansas City > Horace Mann School
Horace Mann School
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created by Gringo Loco on 4/1/2009 9:34 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 6/17/2018 2:21 PM
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Large elementary school-turned-junior college.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Kansas City, Missouri
United States
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    Thousands of books, pieces of clothing and traces left by the students in the old classrooms and hallways. A gym still has a foam pad and ropes--not to mention the basketball hoop--and an auditorium is a photographer's East-Coast-Style paradise... pianos on stage and all.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1909
    Closed: 1991
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    A small school was opened in 1890 in a hall over a building at 38th and Woodland. The district was suburban.

    The following year a tract of land was bought at 39th and Euclid, the present location of the Horace Mann School. About the same time a two-room brick building which stood on this ground burned and a four-room frame school building was built to replace it.

    It was not until nine years later, in 1899, that this school was taken into the Kansas City public school system. At this time there were 229 pupils and a faculty of four teachers.

    The city was pushing rapidly to the south and the neighborhood became one of comfortable homes. The board of education added another teacher to the faculty and rented the basement of the Ivanhoe Church to use as a classroom. In 1904, the first unit of the Horace Mann School was erected, a kindergarten was added and domestic science was taught for the first time.

    A second unit was added in 1906, completing the structure, and Horace Mann School was carved above the arched entrance.

    A history of the school written by Mrs. Alva R. Hamilton in 1925 lists some of the pupils heard from in the professional and business world: LeRoy 'Daniel' MacMorris, artist; Professor Donald Davenport, Columbia University, New York; Marie Etwein, commercial artist, Chicago; Davis Lowe, paymaster of the U.S. ship, South Dakota.

    The following have remained in Kansas City: LeRoy 'Daniel' MacMorris; Charles Otter (chain of drug stores); Fred Toomey, teacher at Manual Training High School; Harry Heitman, Art Dept. of the Bemis Bag Co.; Walter Barnes, attorney; Walter Atkins, osteopath; Russel Page, insurance.

    Today the school board is wrestling with the problem of whether to close or renovate the old school.

    Kansas City Times
    August 3, 1979

    Update: December 3, 2011. School has had two major fires.
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    none - this location burned down and is razed.

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