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West End Graded School

801 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Began1882
  Finished1884
  Destroyed1950
Floor Count5
Basement Floors1
Building Uses
 - education
 - library
 - theatre
Structural Types
 - lowrise
Architectural Style
 - italianate
Materials
 - limestone
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire112 ft

Description
Cost: $25,000
Width: 190 feet / 57.9 meters
Depth: 170 feet / 51.8 meters

Located in Winston-Salem's upscale West End Spa & Resort Development. $25,000 was raised in 1877 to build the school. This building opened May 23, 1884 with 550 students, an auditorium, large library and office. It was the best designed and best equipped school in North Carolina. The school building had the best public library in the state, with over $4,000 worth of books. The library was open not only to students and teachers, but to the public as well.

Was the first home of the Sawtooth School of Visual Art.

The nation's first Arts Council was founded in this building.

Demolished by Sears for a new department store on the far western end of downtown.

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