Crowley School

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Crowley School
Crowley County Heritage Center from S 1.JPG
Crowley School is located in Colorado
Crowley School
Location 301 Main St., Crowley, Colorado
Coordinates 38°11′41″N 103°51′12″W / 38.1947°N 103.8534°W / 38.1947; -103.8534Coordinates: 38°11′41″N 103°51′12″W / 38.1947°N 103.8534°W / 38.1947; -103.8534
Area 3.7 acres (1.5 ha)
Built 1914
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 99000897[1]
Added to NRHP July 28, 1999

The Crowley School, at 301 Main St. in Crowley, Colorado, was built in 1914. Also known as the Crowley County Heritage Center, it is a Renaissance Revival style school building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[1][2]

It was deemed significant for its architecture. Its NRHP nomination, written by the town's mayor, asserted:

The building is an unusual example of Second Renaissance Revival. This Renaissance Revival style is best identified by its horizontal divisions defined by belt or string courses and by the use of different treatments in each division, notably changes in the shapes, sizes, and surrounds of windows. Arched openings and projecting cornices with dentils are also characteristic of this style. The Crowley School possesses all these distinctive qualities. However, its unusual and elaborate cupola creates an interesting expression of the style. The Second Renaissance Revival was most common in Colorado between 1900 and 1930. The vernacular examples are generally less ornate and on a smaller scale. The Crowley School, its elaborate cupola notwithstanding, is indicative of that pattern. The school is also the only known example of the style in Crowley County.[2]:7

And further the school is the oldest surviving public building in the county, the Crowley County Courthouse having not been built until 1915, and it having outlasted any earlier schools in the county.[2]

It is now the Crowley County Heritage Center.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Norene Aydelotte (Mayor of Crowley) (February 26, 1999). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Crowley School / Crowley County Heritage Center ; 5CW26". National Park Service.  and accompanying five photos
  3. ^ "Crowley County Heritage Center". Retrieved 2012-08-27.

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