Holy Name makes National Register of Historic Places

SHERIDAN — Sheridan has a new addition to the list of buildings currently on the National Register of Historic Places.

Two buildings owned by Holy Name Catholic Church and operated by the Holy Name Catholic School were placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service at their April meeting.

The designation is part of a multiple property listing entitled “Educational Facilities in Wyoming 1850-1960.” The designation includes the primary building built in 1914, and recognized for its Bungalow/Craftsman and Classical Revival Style and the ancillary International-style building containing classrooms, library, gymnasium and cafeteria built in 1952.

The two buildings occupy the west half of the block cornered by South Connor Street, East Burkitt Street, South Custer Street and East Works Street. These buildings have served the Sheridan community as educational institutions since their construction.

The National Register nomination was researched and prepared by Alliance for Historic Wyoming President Mary Humstone. Humstone, who has been involved with historic preservation and National Register nominations in Sheridan including the Sheridan Railroad Historic District, believes there is a great need to recognize and preserve our older school buildings in Wyoming.

“Wyoming has lost dozens of historic school buildings over the past 10 years,” Humstone said. “Holy Name Catholic School deserves recognition and thanks for preserving one of the states oldest and loveliest school buildings. Listing on the National Register shows the value that Holy Name Catholic School places on its heritage and should serve as an example for school districts around the state.”

Holy Name Catholic School Principal Mary Legler added that it is a “great honor” to be recognized.

“We’ve always known that Holy Name School was special,” she said.

An open house of the two properties is planned for June so that all citizens in Sheridan can tour the two buildings and view the historic architectural features that make them significant.

 

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