Lincoln School

406 W 6th Street

Newton, KS 67114

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The Lincoln School was built in 1917 by Newton architects Greenebaum and Hardy in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style. It served the community as an elementary school until 1999. Today it continues to serve the community as the Lincoln Park Apartments, a senior living complex. Samuel Greenebaum was a 1904 Newton graduate. He studied architecture in Chicago returning to Newton to establish his practice with Arthur Hardy in 1912. In 1914, Greenebaum and Hardy moved their practice to Kansas City, where they remained until retirement. An article in The Evening Kansan-Republican (March 28, 1914) revealed their reason for moving. "Mr. Greenebaum states that the only reason for leaving Newton is that they wanted a larger field and in Kansas City they expect to have work in both states, but that he would always consider Newton home." The duo was responsible for the design of no fewer than five buildings. These include the Newton City Auditorium built in 1909, Newton High School in 1914, Lincoln School in 1917, Railroad Savings & Loan building (500 N Main) in 1925, and the Ripley Hotel in 1925. Only the Lincoln School and Railroad Savings & Loan building still exist. Evidence has also been found that Greenebaum may have designed the buildings at 524 and 526 N. Main following a fire that nearly destroyed the entire east side of the 500 block of Main in 1914. The article dated September 15, 1914, in The Evening Kansan-Republican indicates the Quiring building, which housed the First National Bank and the W. D. May Shoe Store, would be rebuilt and that Greenebaum was working on the plans and specifications for the new building.

 

The Lincoln School is unlike other public school buildings in Newton in its use of the Collegiate Gothic architectural style. Its classically derived facade distinguishes it among the city's schools and among the city's public buildings. Following the school's departure in 1999, it was sold and rehabilitated in 2002-2003 into an apartment building called Lincoln Park Apartments. The design and architectural style, as well as its tribute to one of Newton's most noteworthy architects, remains intact. It was the first project in the state of Kansas to receive both federal and state historic tax credits for preservation.

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