Massive converted schoolhouse lists for $699K in Washington

Real Estate

School’s out forever at this rural institution, but its doors remain open to a buyer.

A huge 20th-century brick academy has been freshly renovated and is now enjoying a second life as a residential property. 

This immense schoolhouse in the southeastern agricultural portion of Washington state’s Spokane County educated the area’s children from 1908, when it was built, until 1958, when its last class graduated. Now, the 15,880-square-foot behemoth is looking not for co-eds but a homeowner: It’s on the market for $699,000 as a single-family residence.

“The historic Latah Schoolhouse has a rich history and you can feel it when you walk through the front doors,” Professional Realty Services agent Connie Newman, who holds the listing, told The Post. “The renovation and conversion to a home was done thoughtfully and in a way which preserved many of the historical features including the original 1908 chalkboard, the original maple floor in the gymnasium and the incredible corbelled arches throughout the home.”

The property is set on 1.43 acres.
The property is set on 1.43 acres.
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A chalkboard from the building’s days as a school.
washington schoolhouse for sale
A sign refers to the structure’s former life.

Listed as a five-bedroom, six-bathroom property, the Latah Schoolhouse is one of the region’s “oldest, largest, and best preserved rural brick schoolhouses,” according to the National Register of Historic Places. It boasts lofty, 12-foot ceilings and arches throughout. Structurally, though, the building has been extensively updated for residential use, and now features radiant floor heat, and a new roof and sewer line. 

Two former classrooms have been converted into large family rooms. There’s a 5-foot-wide ebony-finished staircase (as well as two other staircases that are still present, but lead to nowhere but the ceiling). Through a pair of French doors, there’s that attached gymnasium, an upper gallery and a raised stage. The basement has a shop space and a four-car garage. 

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The building is set on 1.43 landscaped acres, with stunning views of the rolling Palouse hills just beyond the property line.  

Currently the structure is run by the nonprofit HRC Ministries — and is in use as transitional housing for trafficking victims. 

“Located about 30 minutes from both the Spokane Valley and the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene, this home offers peaceful small town living with a short drive to conveniences and recreation,” concludes the listing, which made it onto Zillow Gone Wild.

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