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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

South Ionia St. School

South Ionia St. School

1910 ca.

The two-story frame schoolhouse, with a center entry, has two wings on either side of the original center section. A chimney is visible on the right, and there is probably another behind the tree.


Full Details

TitleSouth Ionia St. School
Date1910 ca.
Current AddressNo longer exists
Pre 1912 AddressIonia and Franklin
ArchitectW. G. Robinson, 1884 refitting
ContractorBerend DeGraff 1875; John Olson 1884 refitting
Date Constructed1875; 1884 additions
Original OwnerGrand Rapids Public Schools
Original UseSchool Building
Information SourceBoard of Education

The original school, a two-story, 4 room wooden building, 32 X 70 ft., above a brick basement, was constructed in 1875 on Spring St. (Commerce) behind the South Division St. Primary School, to accommodate the overflow of students. When the new school was built in 1884 the Spring St. building was moved and became the S. Ionia St. School. At that time the two wings were added to the original building.

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