Milpitas Grammar School

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Milpitas Grammar School
The original school building.
Milpitas Grammar School is located in San Jose, California
Milpitas Grammar School
Milpitas Grammar School is located in California
Milpitas Grammar School
Milpitas Grammar School is located in the US
Milpitas Grammar School
Location 160 N. Main St., Milpitas, California
Coordinates 37°25′58″N 121°54′26″W / 37.4329°N 121.9071°W / 37.4329; -121.9071Coordinates: 37°25′58″N 121°54′26″W / 37.4329°N 121.9071°W / 37.4329; -121.9071
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP Reference # 93000667[1]
Added to NRHP July 22, 1993

Milpitas Grammar School, now part of the Milpitas Library, is an educational building in Milpitas, California. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 22, 1993.

The Greek Revival building (listed on the NRHP as Classical Revival) was designed by Frank Delos Wolfe to replace an earlier two story Victorian-style wooden schoolhouse that burned down in 1912.[2][3] The structure was built by the architect's brother, Theodore Linfield Wolfe, in 1916 for $13,212, and had offices, at least four classrooms, and an auditorium.[2][3]

During the three years of construction, school was held in a building on a nearby ranch.[3] The building was used as a school until 1956, a few years after the city was incorporated in 1954. The current Milpitas High School traces its roots to the school. Afterward the building served various roles including as Milpitas City Hall, Police Department, library and the Milpitas Senior Center.[2] The city conducted a restoration in 1990.[3]

Milpitas Library

In 2006, the structure was integrated into a much larger public library that opened on January 10, 2009. The 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2), two-level library is the largest in the Santa Clara County Library system, and places the Milpitas Grammar School building in the center and bookend it with wings to the north and south. The school's original open courtyard was covered with a tensile fabric roof to filter the sunlight.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Leslie Stobbe, Milpitas Public Library grand opening, Tri-City Voice, January 7, 2009, Accessed July 30, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Milpitas Grammar School, Milpitas History Homepage, Accessed July 30, 2009.

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