Join the Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) and special guests for a public meeting on Helena's most historic school - Central School and the Seventh Avenue Gym. Montana Historical Society Interpretive Historian Ellen Baumler will look back to the property's origins as an early-day cemetery, K-12 school designed by architect George Carsley, and community anchor in the downtown and east side neighborhoods. MPA Architect Dustin Kalanick and CTA Group Preservation Architect Lesley Gilmore will share cost information and floor plans for a 21st Century renovated Central School alongside case studies of how other historic schools in seismic zones across the West have been rejuvenated to serve as safe, inviting, high-functioning historic schools. Time for discussion, questions, and comments will follow.
Identical meetings will be held at Noon and 7 pm on January 9th.