National Register of Historic Places in Stanislaus County

National Register #90002141: Old High School in Turlock, California
21 June 2009
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National Register #90002141
Turlock High School
1574 East Canal Drive

The two original structures of "Old Turlock High School" are very different looking buildings designed by William H. Weeks and built within a few years of each other. They are sited on a large landscaped parcel in the town of Turlock.

The more impressive structure is the combination auditorium and classroom facility, faced with tan brick and designed with elements of the Spanish Colonial and Romanesque Revival styles.

The gymnasium also has elements of the Spanish Colonial Revival but is a much more-modest building, faced with stucco and having many fewer decorative elements. The auditorium has seen almost no changes to the main facades whereas the gymnasium's integrity has been compromised to a moderate degree by the addition of seismic reinforcing members.

From the NRHP nomination.

The auditorium was damaged by fire in 1979 and remained closed until 1999 when it reopened after fourteen years of fund raising and restoration by the citizens of Turlock. Today, the auditorium is home to the Turlock Community Theater.

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