The Concord School
The Concord School in Oak Grove was closed in June 2014 as a result of budget constraints and related downsizing and consolidation of district schools. The building currently sits vacant but retains its historic character. It is the hope of community stakeholders that the building will be repurposed in a manner that preserves its basic architectural features while providing for multiple community uses.
News and Updates:
With Restore Oregon’s endorsement, the North Clackamas School District (NCSD), owners of the Concord School, have announced the formation of a strategic partnership with the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and secured the future of one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. Following the approval of their respective officials, these two public agencies will exchange property and cash to allow both entities to better serve their constituents. A key facet of the partnership will be the transfer of the Concord School from the school district to North Clackamas Parks.
Restore Oregon believes this transfer will bring new use and life to the Concord School and allow for public engagement in the process to determine what that use might be. We will encourage the NCSD to grant a conservation easement to protect this local landmark prior to the conclusion of the agreement and invite our friends to support both the strategic partnership and the granting of this easement to ensure the long-term protection of the historic characteristics which make the Concord School unique.
Restore Oregon gives a $2,500 seed grant to the Concord Partnership to support project planning for adaptive reuse of the building.
Community leaders assembling resources to conduct a feasibility study for reusing the school
November 13, 2015
Listed as one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places
While the current building dates back to the Great Depression, usage of the site as a school ground dates back to 1890. The current 1936 building stands as a proud symbol of Oak Grove’s cultural heritage and identity, having served the local school system and as a community gathering place for many generations of local residents.
In the summer of 1936 the current Concord School building was constructed from a design by architect F.M. Stokes, partially funded with a Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works grant. The building is a fine example of WPA-era construction, and the only such example standing in the Oak Grove community.
The school district has maintained the building and grounds since the school’s original construction. Following the school’s closure in 2014, local citizens have rallied as the “Concord Partnership” to work with the school district and interested parties to find a solution for repurposing the building and grounds for the benefit of community use.
Why it’s Endangered
Threats to the property include deterioration from vandalism and weather, and an uncertain future if sold without protections placed on it.
There is currently no regulatory protection afforded to Concord School, as the building is not listed on Clackamas County’s list of historic landmarks. The building, however, has been deemed eligible for designation as a local landmark or on the National Register of Historic Places.
The North Clackamas School District has indicated that it does not wish to continue to own and manage the property. In May 2015, the School Board voted to approve a recommendation presented by district staff to allow for up to 23 months for interested parties to research opportunities, create partnerships, secure funds, and develop plans to inform the future use of Concord. This window of opportunity is scheduled to close in the spring of 2017. There is a strong likelihood that if a feasible plan is not identified for the property, it will be sold and the building possibly lost to site redevelopment.