UPDATED MAY 7: the McCormick Museum Board has a committee working actively to secure the building's future. Stay tuned, and please do not vilify any of the participants in this situation. No one wants to knock the building down. We are at an inflection point, however. Considerable financial resources and a lot of specialized work will be needed to meet the needs of the structure at this moment in its life. Anyone with good ideas or connections that would enable all this to happen should bring those ideas and connections forward asap.
Friends, McCormick School is at risk of being lost. The school district apparently no longer wants to keep it and has given a one month deadline for anyone to come up with a viable rescue plan for it. A few million $ are estimated necessary to repair and stabilize the structure. Then there is the matter of ongoing staffing and a game plan to keep it used and useful. I am passing this along so the community can be aware of the crisis. Hopefully a consensus will be realized and a path forward will be blazed. The building is on the National Historic Register. It is one of the few surviving Proudfoot and Bird buildings. It began its life in 1890. I attended elementary school there, so it has particular value to me. I hope it can be saved. Photo from 360 Wichita.