Rochester City School No. 24

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Rochester City School #24
Rochester City School No. 24 is located in New York
Rochester City School No. 24
Location Meigs St., Rochester, New York
Coordinates 43°8′10″N 77°36′5″W / 43.13611°N 77.60139°W / 43.13611; -77.60139Coordinates: 43°8′10″N 77°36′5″W / 43.13611°N 77.60139°W / 43.13611; -77.60139
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1913
Architect Gordon, Edwin S.
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 83001709[1]
Added to NRHP September 15, 1983

Rochester City School No. 24, also known as School #24 and Ellwanger and Barry School, is a historic school building located at Rochester in Monroe County, New York. It was constructed in 1913 and is a one story, Spanish Colonial Revival style building. The walls are constructed of hollow tile sheathed with brick and plaster and the hipped roof is covered in red Spanish tile.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

The building replaced an earlier structure, which sat across the Miegs Street – Linden Street intersection from the current building, on land donated by local nurserymen George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry.[3] The original Ellwanger and Barry School was built in 1877 and expanded in 1888 and 1890, but it was replaced by the new school building in 1913.[3]

The new school building boasted a number of modern amenities, along with a diverse set of curricular and extra-curricular activities.[3] In particular, the building focused on student safety, becoming one of the first schools in the country to design each classroom with an external entrance.[3] This inspired its early nickname, "The Safety First School",[3] and inspired planners from across the country to incorporate similar design principles.[3]

The school's enrollment declined in the 1970s from a peak of more than 600 students.[3] The 1978–79 school year was the building's last as a school,[3] and in 1980 the building (making use of the many external doors) was converted to condominiums.

Students exercise outside the school in 1921.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Jan Johnstone (1979–1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Rochester City School No. 24". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  See also: "Accompanying 13 photos". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Ludwig, Jeff (December 30, 2013). "Ellwanger and Barry School". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York). Gannett Company. p. 4A. Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014.