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097-0001 Tacoma School

Tacoma School
Photo credit: D. Darlene Richardson, 1997

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VLR Listing Date 07/02/1997

NRHP Listing Date 09/12/1997

NRHP Reference Number 97001072

Tacoma School was based on Plan No. 4 of Barrett and Thompson’s plans for North Carolina schoolhouses. Built in the coal-rich area of Wise County in 1922, the school is the sole-surviving legacy of the once promising coal-mining town of Tacoma. The present school was rebuilt after a 1936 fire damaged the building. Converted into a community center, the building retains its school-like character with original large classroom spaces, wainscoting, paneled doors and transoms, as well as fine original tongue-and-groove wooden floors.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: November 11, 2021