Tonight, June 6th, you may weigh in with the Everett School Board regarding the possible demolition of the historic Everett school building,
Longfellow School. It was built in 1911 to the tune of $38,000.00, and is currently facing demolition to make way for a parking lot which will
add approximately 60 spaces to the 37th and Oakes area, near Memorial Stadium. The cost of the property is currently valued at 2-3 million
Because of dwindling enrollment, the school was closed and repurposed in 1971 to act as the school district office for a variety of programs, before
more permanently closing its doors. Staffers are currently in the new administration building on 39th and Broadway, and have been since
Recently, an anonymous donor has pledged three million dollars to the Everett Museum of History for purchase of the school and the scant beginnings
of its much-needed renovations. This donation would hopefully facilitate bringing the building up to code to serve as the new museum, as the last
one closed its doors in 2007. Said donor has also pledged to match any funds raised in campaigns to complete the renovation process, which is estimated
to cost as much as 8.5 million, due to the pervasive presence of asbestos at the location, lack of retro-fitting, and outdated wiring and air systems.
The city had tried to sell the lot, but because of the extensive repairs needed to make it safe for occupancy, there were simply no buyers, and the
plan to move forward with a parking lot seemed like the best idea, even at the loss of collective history.
Because the building is not listed on any national historic registries, only the Everett Historic Research Survey, it is not protected as you might
expect such an aged building to be. Historic Everett (www.HistoricEverett.org) is presently working
with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, hoping that the Longfellow School may be officially considered one of Washington State’s endangered
buildings. Because there is no legal standing to prevent the demolition, local historians and preservation groups are hoping for community support
in order to offset the district’s intention to tear down the building and lay down pavement in its place.
The school boasts the famous alumni of Senator Henry M. Jackson, who rose locally to become a county prosecuting attorney and served thirty years on
the US Senate. Also, Stan Boreson, a mid-century children’s TV star, who went on to produce 15 albums and even performed for King Olav of Norway,
attended as well. This was also the first school in the history of Everett to be named after a literary figure, rather than a US President, which
set a trend for other schools as time wore on.
You can contact the Everett School Board and Superintendent Dr. Gary Cohn at 3900 Broadway, or 425-385-4000. Historic Everett bids that you, “Email
a letter of support to board members at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask members Caroline Mason, Carol Andrews, Traci Mitchell, Pam LeSesne, Ted
Wenta and Superintendant Gary Cohn to approve sale of the historic school to the Everett Museum for $2 million and save the school district $1
million to demolish the building. The museum will become an educational asset to Everett educators, students and families instead of an empty concrete
The meeting will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 pm tonight at the Everett School District Community Resource Board Room, on 39th and Broadway.
Please come share and add your voice.