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Phase I The Original Superior School building is a raised three level brick building constructed in 1915 and 1916 by a local builder, Charles Augustine. This was the first substantial public building constructed in the small mining/lumber town of Superior , Montana . At the time it was built, the school signified confidence in the permanence of the community, preceding the construction of the County Courthouse nearby. It served the community’s elementary and secondary school students from 1916 until 1995, when it was vacated in favor of a new facility.

The building retains a high level of architectural integrity, displaying one of the few examples of the Colonial Revival style of architecture in the State. Architectural detailing that defines the Colonial Revival style includes the symmetrical fenestration of double hung sash windows, a central entrance with transom and sidelights, shallow moldings around the entrance that give it a simple frontal appearance, a boxed roof wall junction with little overhang, dormers and masonry walls. The round-arched, multi-light windows in the second stage of the central pavilion are revived from the Adams style, popular in the Eastern States during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

The building is an excellent example of school building architecture. Its strong presence in the community expresses its importance to the educational development of Mineral County and reflects eighty years of service to the County and its children. As such, the building qualified for consideration of placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

In April, 1996, Liz Gupton of the U.S. Forest Service in Superior and Kim Morrison of the State of Montana Historic Preservation Office applied to have the school placed on The National Historic Registry. The building was so listed on March 21, 1997 by the United States Department of Interior, National Park Service.

The building has been vacant for most of the time since 1995, with some repairs including a new roof between 1998 and 2006.

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