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Background

The Old Woodinville School sits on the City's Civic Campus and is located at 13203 NE 175th Street in downtown Woodinville. As the site of Woodinville's first public school, it is one of Woodinville's only historic buildings. In 1881, Woodinville's first school was established in the home of Ira and Susan Woodin. In 1892, the Calkins family donated the land on which the school is sited, with the stipulation that it be used for school purposes only. A two-room, wood frame school building was constructed on the site and served until 1908 when it was destroyed by fire. It was replaced by a brick masonry building. Built in 1909, the new two-story, four-room school is believed to have been the only brick schoolhouse in King County outside of Seattle.

As the community grew during the 1920s and 1930s, a larger grammar school became necessary. With the Great Depression underway, funding for a remodeled school was provided through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). A stipulation attached to the WPA funds required that it be used for remodeling or expansion of an existing structure. Thus, the old 1909 building was technically "enlarged" in 1936 with a building designed by Fred B. Stephen. A small portion of the original 1909 brick school was retained, although the majority of the old building was entirely integrated into the 1936 construction. A remnant of the original building remains visible at the east end of the south elevation.

Following the Second World War, more classroom space was needed. In 1948, the east wing was constructed, providing four additional classrooms. The design work was again undertaken by Fred B. Stephen. The 1948 addition essentially balanced the asymmetrical façade design of the 1936 building.

After serving as a primary school, the building later became the first Woodinville City Hall (1993 to 2001). The building, along with adjacent grounds, is designated as a City of Woodinville Landmark. The building is currently unoccupied.

UPDATES

September 2017

During 2017, City Council, staff, and Woodinville residents have been working with a consultant team to complete a concept plan and development strategy for the “Civic Campus” site—a 3.3 acre property that includes the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse and the Carol Edwards Center.


In August 2017, the City released a Request for Developer Qualifications (RFQ) for the Civic Campus site. That RFQ, and background on the Civic Campus project, can be found here: www.woodinvilleciviccampus.com

 

April 3, 2014

At its April 1, 2014 meeting, the City Council directed staff to issue a Request for Proposal for rehabilitation proposals for the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse.

In 2013, the City commissioned a feasibility study to determine the cost of rehabilitating the Schoolhouse in preparation for a potential ballot measure for bond financing of the renovation.  After reviewing the results of a voter’s survey conducted in late 2013, the Council determined not to place a bond measure on the ballot, due to lack of strong voter support for such a measure.

The RFP is expected to be issued in mid-May. 

BLRB "Feasibility Study" presentation dated 10/22/2013. (52 pages 30MB)

EMC Research Public Opinion Survey on the Old Woodinville School Building dated December 2013 (22 pages)

 

December 16, 2013

At the October 22, 2013 City Council meeting, BLRB Architects presented the results of its design and cost feasibility study for the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse, including several costs and options for renovation of the building, uses of the building, and design options for the surrounding civic center site.  More information about these options can be seen here (please link to October 22 agenda item).  In November 2013, the City Council selected several rehabilitation options for the building that would be presented in a voter survey in December 2013.  The survey will provide information about potential voters’ support for a possible bond measure in April 2014 that would fund rehabilitation for the building, an operating levy for ongoing costs of maintaining the building, and possibly different site amenities to the civic campus, such as a parking structure and plaza, that would compliment both the Schoolhouse and other uses around City Hall.  The Council will review the results of the survey in January 2014.

May 1, 2013

In 2012, the City Council reviewed several options for the future rehabilitation of the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse, including developing a Request for Proposals for private development and a proposal from the Woodinville Heritage Society.  After reviewing these options, the Council determined to consider askingWoodinville residents if they would be willing to support a property tax levy to finance the rehabilitation.   In April 2013, the Council directed staff to begin the work necessary to place a possible bond measure on the April 2014 Special Election ballot.  This work includes a design feasibility/cost estimate study of potential rehabilitation options for the Schoolhouse, which will determine the amount of the bond measure to be put before the voters.  The feasibility study will be followed by a voter survey later in 2013. 

The City will be holding several outreach events to get as much public input as possible on future uses and tenants for the Schoolhouse.  A public Open House will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Schoolhouse.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Schoolhouse and share their ideas about uses for the building.  Anyone interested in the Schoolhouse is invited to attend. 

Staff presented comments solicited from citizens and City Commissions to the City Council at the May 10, 2011 Council Meeting. The Council discussed the options and directed the City Manager to develop a Request For Proposals (RFP) that will seek out potential developers of the site. City Council favored renovation Options C or D from the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse Renovation Study. Option C covers the base rehabilitation of the building and adds new windows and makes the structure compliant with current energy codes. Option D replaces the internal structure with a steel frame structure and provides basic interior and exterior restoration.

The Council is scheduled to review the RFP this summer.

February 8, 2011

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, the City Council reviewed and discussed the Old Woodinville School Reuse Alternatives Report. The report outlines the buildings current condition and provides the costs associated with upgrading it for different uses. Staff will be presenting the report to the Parks and Recreation Commission on March 3, the Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety Commission on March 8, and the Planning Commission on March 16.

Old Woodinville School Council Report (153 pages)

Old Woodinville School Building Rent Study (54 pages)

Open House: Wednesday, October 14, 2009: Woodinville citizens and businesses are invited to provide comments and suggestions for possible use options for the Old Woodinville School House site at an Open House, on Wednesday, October 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Carol Edwards Center , Evergreen Room, located at 17401 - 133rd Avenue NE , Woodinville. A model of the current building and information about similar historic rehabilitation projects from around the area will be on display at the meeting to help citizens visualize reuse opportunities. Design team members will be available to answer questions, and provide more information about the project. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a short presentation which will provide an overview of the project and additional information.

On August 11, 2009 the City Council approved a contract to begin Phase 1. The consultants will complete a field survey and building assessment of the Old Woodinville School House. During this time, the City will be soliciting input from the public on possible reuses of the building. Once the building assessment is complete and the City has received public input, the City and consultants will develop 4-6 development options for the site. The options will be presented to the City Council for their review and selection of a preferred option.

In August, 2008, the City Council approved a multi-phase project to determine the status of the Old Woodinville School House. This includes four phases; Phase 1: Fact finding and development of options, Phase 2: Identify funding options, Phase 3: Secure funding, and Phase 4: Design and construction.

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Blueprints - 1948

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City Contact: Rick Roberts, Public Works Director, 425.877.2294

 

 

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