National Register of Historic Places in Sonoma County

National Register #80000871: Sonoma Grammar School
7 June 2004
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National Register #80000871
Sonoma Grammar School
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma
Built 1915

Sonoma Grammar School - designed by architect A. G. Lutgens in the Classical Revival style and splendidly preserved - is the only building of its kind in Sonoma. It is the largest brick structure in town and likely the last of its kind that will ever be built in this area. When it was constructed, it was the grandest building in Sonoma, and its construction must have strained the resources of this small, rural community.

For over thirty years, until building code changes forced the building's abandonment as a school, the grade school children of Sonoma learned in this building the fundamentals of education, democracy, and Americanism. The school was a "melting pot" where the children of parents who often could not speak English learned to work and play together and respect one another's differences.

Although it is no longer operated as an educational facility, the building continues to play an important part in the recreational, cultural, and intellectual life of the Sonoma Valley as the home of the Sonoma Community Center

Adapted from the NRHP nomination dated 7 April 1980.

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