Roundup Central School

Also known as: Roundup Central Elementary School
600 1st St W, Roundup, Montana


Roundup Central School

View from the southwest

Photo taken by David Jones in July 2015



"Rich coal deposits brought hundreds of people to Roundup after the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad platted the town in 1908. The young mining community built a four-room wooden building to educate students first through eighth grades, but the school soon outgrew its quarters. In 1910, the school board proposed construction of a solid, two-story sandstone building. Extremely cold weather meant light turnout for the April election, but the 23 brave souls who made it to the polls unanimously approved the $14,150 bond. Local contractor W. E. Wynne completed construction of the eight-room building in March 1911; in September the new school opened with 207 students and three teachers. The school was planned with expansion in mind, and in 1913 city residents passed another bond issue to add the east wing. For this election, women joined men at the polls. Women did not gain the right to vote in general elections until 1914, but they could and did vote in school elections. The noted architectural firm of Link and Haire designed both the original school and the east wing, which is distinguished from the older section by a different window pattern and the inclusion of a basement, indoor plumbing, and drinking fountains, none of which existed in the original building. Contractors also added a central heating plant, eliminating the need for coal-burning stoves in the classrooms. The architects took inspiration from the Italian Renaissance for the building’s overall symmetry, multi-paned, arched, center window, and wide eaves and from the Romanesque style for the rough stone walls and triangular parapet." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 2007
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; American Movement
Areas of significance
Education; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1911; 1913; 1919

Update Log 

  • February 5, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • August 1, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • November 8, 2018: New photos from David Jones