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Old Arkansas City High School
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Location300 W. Central St., Arkansas City, Kansas
Coordinates37°03′45″N 97°02′29″W / 37.06250°N 97.04139°W / 37.06250; -97.04139Coordinates: 37°03′45″N 97°02′29″W / 37.06250°N 97.04139°W / 37.06250; -97.04139
Arealess than one acre
Built1890-91
Built byRobert Baird
ArchitectCharles Sumner Sedgwick
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference #74000824[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 21, 1974

The Old Arkansas City High School, now known as Ireland Hall and part of the Cowley Community College campus, is located at 300 W. Central Street in Arkansas City, Kansas. It was built in 1890-91. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

History[edit | edit source]

The building was designed by architect Charles Sumner Sedgwick. It was previously called the Arkansas City High School.[2] and was home to Arkansas City High School (Kansas).

It is a three-story-with-full-basement Romanesque Revival-style building which is 90 by 55 feet (27 m × 17 m) in plan. Its NRHP nomination explains its coloration:

It was constructed of white Silverdale limestone set in red mortar. At the time of construction the only red color available for mortar was vermillion, which was not waterproof. As a result of rain and weather, pink streaks soon appeared on the white stone, and the stone absorbed the color. With the passage of time and continual weathering, the entire structure has acquired a rosy hue. The color has led many viewers to the mistaken conclusion that the building was made of pink Colorado sandstone.[2]

The building was deemed notable as

an outstanding example of the stonecutter's art. The fine detail and workmanship evident on the exterior make it one of the city's architectural landmarks. The building is also significant to the educational development of Arkansas City, having served the community since 1890.[2]

The building was renovated by Cowley Community College in 1982 and renamed Ireland Hall. In 2018 it was occupied by the Criminal Justice Program, the Office of NJCAA Commissioner, and Cosmetology classrooms.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard D. Pankratz (August 14, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Old Arkansas City High School / Arkansas City High School". National Park Service. Retrieved January 4, 2018. With photos, historic and from 1973-74
  3. "Ireland Hall". Cowley College. Retrieved June 3, 2018.


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