Fourth Ward School (Virginia City, Nevada)

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Fourth Ward School
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Fourth Ward School
Location537 South "C" Street
Virginia City, Nevada
ArchitectC. M. Bennett
Architectural styleSecond Empire
Part ofVirginia City Historic District (ID66000458[1])

The Fourth Ward School is an historic 4-story mansard-roofed former public school building located at 537 South "C" Street in Virginia City, Nevada. Designed in 1876 by architect C. M. Bennett in the Second Empire style of architecture, it originally held over 1000 students in grades 1 though 9 divided into three departments: primary (grades 1 though 4); second grammar (grades 5 though 7) and high school (grades 8 and 9). Grades 10 through 12 were added by 1909. It graduated its last class in 1936, after which its students were moved to a new school built by the Works Progress Administration.

The building then fell into disrepair and remained closed until 1986 when it was reopened as the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum.[2][3] The museum features exhibits of city history, 19th-century education, Mark Twain’s life, area mining and a letter printing press.

The Fourth Ward School is a contributing property in the Virginia City Historic District which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Historic Fourth Ward School website". Archived from the original on 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  3. ^ "Historic Fourth Ward School history". Archived from the original on 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-10-01.

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