Future Home of the Clallam County Museum and Resource Center.
Lincoln School was built in 1916 and served the community of Port Angeles as a grade school until it was closed in 1978. It was vacant and destined to be razed when purchased by the Clallam County Historical Society in 1991.
Years of neglect had taken their toll on the brick building, and volunteers have been working on both restoration and renovation since its purchase. Fundraisers and dedicated volunteers at the Society have financed and physically upgraded the building to its current level. Some of the major changes have been a new roof, earthquake retrofitting and replacement of wooden floors with concrete on the street level.
The next phase of renovation includes installing the electricity, plumbing, sprinkler and heating systems. This is an expense the Society cannot meet without help. We are applying for grants for these improvements but matching funds will be needed, and we will rely on businesses and individuals in the community who share our goals to make the Lincoln School an historical resource center for all of Clallam County and beyond.
When completed, The Lincoln School complex will house the Museum, Research Library, Artifact Storage and Administrative Office.
The Lincoln School site is also home to two buildings in addition to the school under restoration. One of these, originally built as a gym for Lincoln School, is now use for artifact storag and administrative offices. The other building, the Research Library, is currnently undergoing significant renovation and remodelling.
If you are interested in delving into your own family history or the history of Clallam County, visit the Lincoln School Project to watch our building progress. While we are renovating, we are still assisting people with their research interests, so don’t hesitate to call, email us, or drop in for assistance. We’re here to help.
Following are photos of the Research Library restoration work in progress.
A 'before' photo of the Research Library Maxine, Susan & Dona start to pack stuff up prior to demo.
Architect Charlie Smith marks walls to be removed. The old pink sink is coming out; windows will be replaced.
Volunteers Larry Berson marks electrical wires to remain, while Carl Strunk begins demolishing a wall.
One wall completely removed, another opened up ready for adding pocked doors.
The pink sink and counter are gone! Work begins on setting forms for the footing of the new entryway.
A worker with Feeley Construction prepared to remove the old windows. The stemwall for the new entry.
Framing for the new windows is being prepared. Some of the old windows are not to be replaced.
The finished foundation; a worker screwing down the decking on the new entry.
A worker mesures for some new cabinet framing while another cuts the concrete for a ramp.
Preparing framing for the new concrete ramp. Rough framing for service counters.
The finished concrete access ramp. Rough framing for the new entry.
The new entry partly sided. Bill Feeley of Feeley Construction, our general contractor.
Two of the Feeley crew installing the new front door. The finished access ramp.
Executive Director Kathy Monds receives the new door keys. Framing for counters and inner entrance area
Ready for paint and exterior lighting. Sheetrock going up on the new framing.
Sheetrock being screwed to the framing. A bad problem with the ceiling being repaired.
Nancy Lang checks out the finished drywall.
New windows installed where the pink sink counter was. Metal corners being installed prior to taping the drywall.
Ceiling ready to be taped. Larry Berson, our master painter, discusses the project.
Finished taping, ready for paint. Larry Berson give a show and tell to staff: finished painting!
Installing electrical outlets: done; next: ceiling lights. The view over what will become the visitor service counter.
Old flooring removed ready to resurface old hardwood. Precursor of what visitors will see upon entry.