Highlandville School

3499 Highlandville Road, Decorah, Iowa


Highlandville School


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The Highlandville School is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under Criteria A and C for its local significance. The Highlandville School is associated with educational pursuits at the National and State levels (through legislative efforts) and at the local level as a way to educate rural Highland Township youth. Constructed in 1911, the building is a well intact example of how rural residents provided educational opportunities to students in an area of low population. The school stands as a reminder of Iowa's drive to promote knowledge, particularly in rural areas. The school operated independently until 1960 and finally closed its doors in 1964, avoiding most pushes for rural school consolidation in Iowa. This school is also eligible for the NRHP under Criterion C as a well-preserved and unusual example of rural schoolhouse architecture specifically designed for the needs of the village of Highlandville. Most of the schoolhouses that dotted the Iowa landscape (and Winneshiek County specifically) were small, rectangular one-room buildings with gable roofs. The Highlandville School is a larger than usual, two-room village school that is rare in Winneshiek County. Constructed in 1911, this school has a hip-with-ridge roof, a form that did not become popular for county schoolhouses until the 1920s. Belfries are also rare for schoolhouses in Winneshiek County with few examples preserved. This is the only single-story, two-room schoolhouse with a belfry in the county.

Posted to the NRHP 2-5-2014


20th Century (29,076)
Built 1911 (916)
Built during 1910s (8,811)
Iowa (2,521)
School (5,070)
Winneshiek County, Iowa (37)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2014: Added by Dave King