Kibler High School
Posted by: Rayman
N 43° 00.704 W 078° 52.817
17T E 672744 N 4764298
Quick Description: This former high school in Tonawanda, NY now serves as a senior housing complex.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 5/24/2006 6:27:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMDD9
The Kibler High School is architecturally and historically significant as a distinguished example of early 20th century urban school architecture found in Western New York. Built in 1925-27 to serve a growing school-age population, the Classical Revival school remained a prominent part of the community's public educational system until its closure in 1983. Designed by the prominent Buffalo architecture firm of Edward B. Green and Sons, Kibler High School is typical of schools from its period of significance. It is a fine example of standardized school design of the early 20th century. Its large symmetrical massing is enhanced by handsome classically inspired details including a rusticated ground floor, central entrance pavilion with pilasters and pediment, an elaborately decorated cuploa, and red tile hip roofs. The property retains a high level of period integrity.
The school is historically significant for its association with the growth and development of Tonawanda and stands as a reminder of the importance of public education in the history of the community.
William J. Kibler, president of the Board of Education in 1924, played a key role in promoting a new high school for Tonawanda. The Tonawanda School Board made a resolution that year to purchase land and build a new high school because the Clinton Street School could no longer accommodate the growing population. The new high school was named in Kibler's honor. The cost of the building was $650,000.
284 Main Street
Tonawanda, NY United States
County / Borough / Parish: Erie
Year listed: 1999
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Periods of significance: 1925-1949
Historic function: Education: School
Current function: Domestic: Multiple Dwelling
Privately owned?: yes
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 1: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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