Historic Preservation

Posted on January 28, 2015

Preservationists suggest alternate funds to restore Central School

Possible uses for historic Central School and costs for its renovation have served as roadblocks to Helena school facility solutions for years.

Central School has sat empty since March 2013, when it was closed suddenly after a report showed seismic inadequacies in the event of an earthquake.

Proponents of historical renovation have approached school officials and suggested alternative options for funding a seismic retrofit, such as state loan and grant programs that would not require voter approval.


Read more here at the Helena IR.

Posted on August 20, 2014

Officials will discuss proposal for Central School demolition

Members of the Lewis & Clark County Historic Preservation Commission will meet Tuesday evening with Helena school district officials to discuss requirements for submitting a demolition application for Central School.

One part of Superintendent Kent Kultgen’s proposal suggests demolishing Central School and the Seventh Avenue Gymnasium. Before the board of trustees can execute that plan, they must submit an application to city officials for approval.

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Posted on August 20, 2014

Commission calls for more information in application to demolish Central

The Lewis and Clark County Historic Preservation Commission called on the Helena School District at its meeting Tuesday night to answer several questions regarding the demolition of Central School and Seventh Avenue Gym in addition to the requirements outlined by the ordinance.

Dick Alberts, the chairman of the commission, said that the commission is in a unique situation because its mandate is to preserve history, but it also needs to fairly consider the school district’s request for demolition.

Read more at the IR here

Posted on August 18, 2014

Tuesday meeting will outline requirements to demolish Central School

The Historic Preservation Commission of the Lewis and Clark County Heritage and Tourism Council will be discussing the application for demolishing Central School and Seventh Avenue Gym with representatives from the Helena school district during its meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30.

Read more at the Helena IR