School is out forever in this rural facility, but the doors remain open to a buyer.
A massive 20th-century brick academy has been freshly renovated and is now enjoying a second life as a residential property.
Located in southeastern agricultural Spokane County, Washington, this massive schoolhouse educated the area’s children from 1908, when it was built, until 1958, when the last class graduated. Now, the 15,880-square-foot behemoth isn’t looking for co-eds, it’s looking for a homeowner: It’s on the market for $699,000 as a single-family home.
“The historic Latah Schoolhouse has a rich history and you can feel it as you walk through the front doors,” Connie Newman, a representative of Professional Realty Services, which holds the listing, told The Post. “The renovation and conversion to a home was done meticulously and in a manner that retained many of the historical features, including the original 1908 plaque, the original maple floor in the gymnasium, and the incredible corbelled arches throughout the home.”
The Latah Schoolhouse, listed as a five-bedroom, six-bathroom property, is one of the area’s “oldest, largest, and best-preserved rural brick schoolhouses” according to the National Register of Historic Places. It features high, 12-foot ceilings and arches throughout. Structurally, however, the building has been extensively modernized for residential use and now has underfloor heating, as well as a new roof and drainage system.
Two former classrooms have been converted into large family rooms. There is a 5 foot wide ebony colored staircase (as well as two other staircases that remain but lead nowhere but to the ceiling). A pair of double doors give access to the attached gymnasium, an upper gallery and a raised stage. The basement has a storeroom and a four car garage.
The building sits on 3 acres of landscaped grounds with stunning views of the rolling Palouse hills just beyond the property line.
Currently the structure is run by the non-profit HRC Ministries – and is used as a temporary shelter for victims of human trafficking.
“Located about 30 minutes from the Spokane Valley and the southern end of Lake Coeur d’Alene, this home offers quiet small town living with a short drive to amenities and recreation,” concludes the listing that made it on Zillow Gone Wild.