Wednesday, July 13, 2011

McCormick Junior High School Officially Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

On June 15, 2011, McCormick Junior High School, formerly known as Huron School, was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is third property in Huron, Ohio, to be listed on the National Register, the other two structures being Christ Episcopal Church and the Huron Lighthouse. When McCormick School was completed in 1943, it was the first “architectural concrete” school constructed in Ohio. The school was constructed in the Art Moderne-style, an architectural style not common for public buildings. Due to McCormick School’s unique architectural attributes, it qualified for the National Register listing under Criterion C- architecture.

The National Register nomination was completed by Lisa Yako of Historical Research Partners of Huron at the request of the Huron Board of Education. Though listing on the National Register of Historic Places puts no restrictions on what can or cannot be done with the building, listing does highlight the unique attributes of the structure and its place in the history of both the Huron community and the nation. McCormick School is truly an architectural gem, and this has now been confirmed by the National Park Service. The nomination process from the preliminary questionnaire to the final listing took approximately one year.