Morgan Middle School

Status: SAVED!

Year Listed: 2012

Location: Kittitas County

Completed in 1929 with all the trappings of a modern educational facility, today, deferred maintenance and incompatible additions have raised questions about Morgan Middle School’s architectural integrity. Moreover, citing structural deficiencies and other shortcomings, the present school district administration seeks to construct a new school at a different site and relocate Morgan’s students. Some in Ellensburg disagreed with this assessment. The school district’s attempts to pass a bond measure that would fund construction of a new school have failed at the ballot box, while the City of Ellensburg Landmark & Design Commission determined the school building eligible for inclusion in the local register of historic places. In addition, a local group operating under the moniker Modernize Our Morgan raised $15,000 in private contributions to commission an independent study to assess the feasibility of rehabilitating Morgan Middle School for continued use. The results of the study indicate that rehabilitation coupled with sensitive new construction can be more cost effective than simply abandoning the school for a new site. The study includes a proposal to remove offending additions to the building, thereby restoring the overall architectural integrity.