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McCormick School may be designated national historic site

Karen Mork • Apr 13, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Huron's McCormick School may soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Ohio Historic Site Preservation's advisory board on Friday recommended that the state's historic preservation officer nominate the school for a spot on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

Located at 325 Ohio St., McCormick School -- formerly known as Huron School -- is a "striking Art Moderne building." Built in 1943, it was Ohio's first concrete school.

The Huron school district has continuously used it as a school building.

Art Moderne, a common architecture style in the late 1930s, was rarely used for public buildings, and rarer still for a public school.

McCormick School was designed by Harold Parker, a Sandusky architect who designed other notable buildings in the area, including the Register-Star News Building in 1920, the Commercial Banking and Trust Co. building in 1924, Strobel Athletic Field and Stadium in 1937 and Madison Elementary School in 1939.

If the National Park Service decides the school meets the criteria, it will be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The final decision comes about 90 days after the state formally submits the nomination.

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