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Historic 1913 Newhall Schoolhouse Bulldozed By New Owner

Historic 1913 Newhall Schoolhouse Bulldozed By New Owner

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The new owner of a 1913 schoolhouse in Newhall bulldozed the remaining half of the property despite opposition from Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society officers, officials announced Saturday. Mayor Laurene Weste stands at the previous location of the schoolhouse.

The 100-year-old, two-story wooden school building was located at 24514 Kansas Street next to Jimmy Dean’s on Lyons Avenue and was destroyed within the last eight to 10 days, according to a source familiar with the property.

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The property was sold in April for $500,000 to an entity called Kansas Street Partners LLC, whose agent is listed as James S. Backer, a local developer, officials said.

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Sixth graders take a class photo in 1919 in front of the school.The structure served as Newhall’s K-8 school from about 1914 through 1928, when it was replaced with a new building at the current elementary school site on Walnut Street.

The building was then divided into two parts, with one half being used as a private home and the other half destroyed, according to local oral history.

Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste, who is also a board member of the SCV Historical Society, was “upset” to learn of the demolition and said she had not been forewarned, nor had Historical Society President Alan Pollack, officials said.

Had society officials known, they could have attempted to work with the new property owner to move the relatively small structure to Heritage Junction at Hart Park, where the group has saved several other buildings from bulldozers since 1980, Weste said.

Weste and Duane Harte, a city Parks Commissioner and the society’s treasurer, said they were told of possible development plans several years ago by a prior owner, but nothing came of them.

Google Maps still shows a recent picture of the property before it was destroyed.

The property was not included in any formal city list of “protected” historical properties. Further, it is not cited as a cultural resource in the city’s original 1991 General Plan or the subsequent One Valley One Vision plan, nor is it on the list of properties protected under a more recent City Council ordinance, officials said.

The school building is Newhall’s third formal schoolhouse and was believed to be first used around 1914.

Los Angeles County assessor records show a construction date of 1913 with an expansion in 1919.

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Melissa became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature stories for the KHTS website since February 2014. Melissa is also a part-time staff writer at the Santa Clarita Gazette weekly newspaper and Canyon Country Magazine. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melissa moved back to Santa Clarita to begin her professional writing career. She has published feature stories in "The Signal" newspaper and College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" and formerly worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. She recently finished writing her first fiction novel and hopes to publish it someday.
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