Pennsylvania Cities Find Creative New Uses for Old School Buildings

The main building of the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg previously served as a school and a war-time hospital (Source: Seminary Ridge Museum)

The main building of the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg previously served as a school and a war-time hospital (Source: Seminary Ridge Museum)

Shifting demographics, diminishing resources, and the costs of maintaining large and aging facilities have all contributed to the steady stream of school closures in Pennsylvania — even when those buildings had historic backgrounds and architectural importance. Conversion into residential space is the most common fate of old school buildings in Pennsylvania.

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