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CRCSD found this historical data to be interesting and helpful in the context of the Facilities Master Plan. CRCSD has a significant history of repurposing buildings in a productive and fiscally-responsible manner and making adjustments to buildings and acquisitions based on enrollment fluctuations and community growth patterns.

“There have been factors over the years such as enrollment shifts and economic recessions that have played a role in CRCSD repurposing or selling buildings,” said Matt Dunbar, long-time Custodial and Grounds employee. “But very few school buildings have been torn down. The schools have been repurposed for good within the community.”

Matt Dunbar, Custodial and Grounds Manager, has been with CRCSD since 1975
Plaque commemorating the first school house in Cedar Rapids. 1847 - 1855

Cedar Rapids Village School

Address: 2nd Ave. and 5th St. SE
In Service: 1847 – 1855
Repurposed: Single-family residence

Cedar Rapids !st Ward School - Image courtesy Mark Hunter
Photo Courtesy, Mark Hunter

Cedar Rapids 1st Ward School

Address: 400 Block of 4th Ave. SE
In Service: 1855 – 1890
Repurposed: Site for Washington High School

Original Adams Elementary School 1868-1935

Adams School

Address: 624 5th St. SE
In Service: 1868 – 1935
Repurposed: Private warehouse

Jefferson Elementary  1868 - 1940

Jefferson School

Address: 716 A Ave. NE
In Service: 1868 – 1940
Repurposed: In 1927 the building became the Educational Service Center, sold to the Knights of Columbus in 1940

Cedar Rapids Washington Building 1891 - 1935

Cedar Rapids Washington High School

Address: 400 Block of 4th Ave. SE
In Service: 1891 – 1935
Sold: City of Cedar Rapids

Madison School 1871 - 1935

Madison School

Address: 310 2nd Ave. SW
In Service: 1871 – 1935
Sold: In 1937 city of Cedar Rapids built new police station on site

Monroe School  1873- - 1922

Monroe School

Address: 921 3rd Street SE
In Service: 1873 – 1922
Repurposed: Warehouse for Witwer Grocery Company.

Old Jackson1

Jackson Elementary (original)

Address: 4th Ave. & 12th St.
In Service: 1883 -1970
Sold to: Tenth Street Association

Old Van Buren 1884 - 1969

Van Buren Elementary (original)

Address: 14th Ave. & 3rd St. West
In Service: 1884 -1969
Sold to: Iowa State
Highway Commission

Old Harrison School 1885 - 1929

Harrison Elementary (original)

Address: 1200 Block 6th St. NW
In Service: 1885 -1929
Sold to: School destroyed by fire

Tyler new and old buildings.

Tyler Elementary

Address: 1212 7th St. SE
In Service: 1886 – 1982 (New building 1970)
Repurposed: Metro High School (1982 – present)

Taylor Elementary new and old buildings.

Taylor Elementary

Address: 720 7th Ave. SW
In Service: 1889 – Present (New building 1974)
Repurposed: Cedar River Academy at Taylor Elementary School

Polk Elementary new and old buildings.

Polk Elementary

Address: 1500 B Ave NE
In Service: 1893 – 2012 (New Building in 1970)
Repurposed: Polk Alternative Education Center in 2012

Fillmore Elementary School 1895-1970

Fillmore Elementary School (original)

Address: C Ave. & 10th St. West
In Service: 1895 -1970
Sold to: Salvation Army

Original Pierce Elementary 1898 - 1916

Pierce Elementary School (original)

Address: Belle Avenue SW
In Service: 1898 -1916
Repurposed:Single family home

Lincoln Elementary School 1910-1973

Lincoln Elementary

Address: 912 18th Ave SW
In Service: 1910 -1973
Repurposed: 1973 – agreement with Kirkwood Comm College, agreement reversed back to CRCSD, 2014 sold to Sanctuary Ministries

Johnson Elementary 1970 building

Johnson Elementary School

Address: 355 18th Street SE
In Service: 1910 – Present (New Building in 1970)
Repurposed: Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet School (2014)

 Grant Vocational High School / ESC

Grant Vocational High School / ESC

Address: 346 2nd Ave SW
In Service: 1915- 2008 Flood
Repurposed as Educational Service Center in 1940 sold to Steve Emerson in 2012

Four Oaks Wing of Hayes Elementary School

Hayes Elementary

Address:1942 D St SW
In Service: 1915 – 1981
Repurposed: Hamilton Business College & Kaplan University, currently Four Oaks Children’s and Family Services

Buchanan Elementary 1920 - 1973

Buchanan Elementary

Address: 2000 Mt. Vernon Rd SE
In Service: 1920 -1973
Repurposed: City of CR Ambroz Rec. Center

Old Cleve.

Cleveland Elementary (Original Building)

Address: 1500 1st Avenue NW
In Service: 1920 -1950
Repurposed: Office facilities for Church of Christ

Old Kenwood 1921 Building

Kenwood Elementary (1921 Building)

Address: 327 35th Street NE
In Service: 1921 -1950
Repurposed: Kenwood Park Presbyterian Church

No Image available

Palo Elementary

Address: Palo
Year Closed :1973
Repurposed: Palo Community Center

Noelridge Elementary School 1956 - 1985

Noelridge Elementary

Address: 1010 Regent St NE
In Service : 1956 – 1985
Repurposed: Summit Schools

New Adams Elementary School. 1961 - 1984

New Adams Elementary

Address:1635 Linmar Dr NE
In Service: 1961 – 1984
Repurposed: Issac Newton Christian Academy

Faith Bible Church, old Eisenhower Elementary school image from today, google image.

Eisenhower Elementary

Address: 1800 46th St NE
In Service: 1961 – 1978
Repurposed: Eastern Iowa FCA, New Covenant Bible Church, Faith Bible Church

Crites & McConnell, Fillmore Elementary School (1961) Cedar Rapids, Iowa

New Fillmore Elementary

Address: 520 11th St SW
In Service: 1961 – 1982
Repurposed: Linn County Mental Health Association

Monroe School - today 2022 - image from google.

Monroe Elementary

Address: 3200 Pioneer Ave SE
In Service: 1961 – 2012 (Permanently Closed)
Repurposed: 1975 Monroe Elementary repurposed to Monroe Development Center; July 1991 Monroe repurposed to Monroe Early Childhood Center, September 2017 final sale to Affordable Housing Network of Iowa

Truman Elementary School 1961-2022

Truman Elementary

Address: 441 West Post Road NE
In Service: 1961 – 2022 (Truman Early Learning Center 2022)
Repurposed: Truman Early Learning Center

No Image available

Truman Annex (2 buildings)

Address: 200 Carter NW and 199 Day St NW
In Service: 1961 -1973
Repurposed: Fallon Harris & Milner Klouda
Ronald Mitchell

Coolidge and West Willow Elementary

Coolidge Elementary School

Address: 6225 1st Avenue SW
In Service: 1967 – 2021
Repurposed: Site of West Willow Elementary

Jackson and Maple Grove Schools.

Jackson Elementary

Address: 1300 38th Street NW
In Service: 1970 – 2022 (Building was closed 1986 – 1993)
Repurposed: Site of Maple Grove Elementary

Crites & McConnell, Squaw Creek Elementary School (1972) Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Squaw Creek Elementary

Address: Mt Vernon Rd and County Rd F24
In Service: 1970 – 1985
Repurposed: Commercial office / multipurpose facility. Barry B. Smith

ESC Annex building during the flood of 2008.

ESC Annex

Address: 353 2nd Ave SW
In Service: 1960’s – 2008 Flood
Repurposed: 2012 June – Steve Emerson

Old Carpenter Shop- Sold after 2008 flood.

ESC Carpenter & Paint Shop

Address::405 1st Ave SW
In Service: Closed due to 2008 Flood
Repurposed: 2011 December – Sniggel Holdings

Old District Warehouse 1960's - 2008 flood

District Warehouse

Address: 605/615 G Ave NW
In Service: 1960’s – 2008 Flood
Repurposed: 2011 December – Neighborhood Development Corp.

Purchasing Department- Pre 2008 Flood

District Purchasing/Food & Nutrition

Address: 605 G Ave NW
In Service: 1960’s – 2008 Flood
Repurposed: 2011 December – Neighborhood Development Corp.

Harambee House site of first Metro High School 1974 - 1982

Metro HS East (original)

Address: 404 17th St. SE
In Service 1974 – 1982
Repurposed: Joanne Stevens, currently repurposed as the Harambee House