Lincoln Elementary, 912 18th Ave. SW, was built in 1910 and designed by Cedar Rapids architect, Charles Dieman. The Cedar Rapids School Board is holding a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, on demolition plans for the building, the district’s oldest standing school. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
UPDATE: Tonight’s board meeting has been pushed ahead to 5 p.m. The public hearing on Lincoln Elementary is first on the agenda.
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Cedar Rapids School Board would be demolishing its oldest school building if the board votes to raze Lincoln Elementary.
A public hearing to discuss demolition has been set for Monday, Oct. 14, during the board’s regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Educational Leadership & Support Center, 2500 Edgewood Rd. NW. The public is welcome to speak at the hearing.
Kirkwood Community College used the building, at 912 18th Ave. SW, after Lincoln Elementary closed in the 1970s, but moved out in the summer of 2011.
“Lincoln School was built and opened in 1910, making it the oldest Cedar Rapids School District building still standing,” Cedar Rapids historian Mark Stoffer Hunter said, adding that the board hasn’t tried to tear down one of its older buildings in 40 years. Continue reading