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Category:Architecture and Structures
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Keywords:Fourth Ward School, Glenn Franco Simmons, Nevada history, Virginia City, Virginia City history
Virginia City's Fourth Ward School photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City

"The Fourth Ward School is an historic 4-story mansard-roofed former public school building located at 537 South C St. in Virginia City, Nevada," notes Wikipedia.

"Designed in 1876 by architect C.M. Bennett in the Second Empire style of architecture, it originally held more than 1,000 students in grades 1 though 9 divided into three departments: primary (grades 1 though 4); second grammar (grades 5 though 7) and high school (grades 8 and 9). Grades 10 through 12 were added by 1909. It graduated its last class in 1936, after which its students were moved to a new school built by the Works Progress Administration.

"The building then fell into disrepair and remained closed until 1986 when it was reopened as the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum. The museum features exhibits of city history, 19th century education, Mark Twain’s life, area mining and a letter printing press.

The Fourth Ward School is a contributing property in the Virginia City Historic District which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966."