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Lowell School
Lowell School

    This area was an early working-class neighborhood located in the southeast corner of downtown. Bordered on two sides by railways the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe to the west and the Denver and Rio Grande to the south it was declared an urban renewal site in 1987. 

    Part of the designation resulted from the presence of two vacant schools. South Junior High School was designed by the local firm of MacLaren and Hetherington in 1924, at the same time as North Junior High and West Junior High. It was vacated in the early 1980s and demolished in 1991 to make way for the Police Operations Center. Lowell Elementary School, designed by Lee and Boal of Denver, and built in 1891 in a Romanesque Revival style, was vacated about the same time as South Junior. It was listed on the State Register of Historic Places in 1995 and rehabilitated by the Colorado Springs Housing Authority for use as offices in 2001.

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