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Fate of Old Schoolhouse Uncertain

Jan 30, 2017 08:08AM ● By Jennifer Neys

Fate of Old Schoolhouse Uncertain

It is no surprise that the PH Recreation and Park District’s Old Schoolhouse on 2050 Oak Park Blvd. is in disrepair and too dangerous to inhabit. Future plans for the almost century old building are still uncertain, but the property could possibly be added to the National Register of Historic Places, making it the second in Pleasant Hill after the Rodgers Ranch site was established circa 1867. Although the Old Schoolhouse is not currently designated as a City of Pleasant Hill cultural resource, it is listed in the 2003 general plan as a structure of potential historic significance. According to the city’s general plan, the Old Schoolhouse is described as the “Oldest public building in the city, 1920; owned by Rec & Park District; became a Police Department office in 1970, and a cultural center, theatre and museum since 1982.”

Michelle Lacy, general manager for the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District, said, “The board of directors has not discussed any options related to the schoolhouse, therefore, no decisions have been made. The Land and Facilities Committee, which consists of two board members, have directed staff to hire a consultant to evaluate the property’s cultural significance and provide cost estimates for a variety of options, from restoration to relocation. I don’t anticipate that study will be complete until late spring, and I don’t believe the board or the committee will have any discussions related to the schoolhouse property until that evaluation is complete.” 

In the meantime, a petition, Save the Pleasant Hill Old Schoolhouse, has been created. It states: “Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District board have the forward wisdom and vision to save the 97-year-old Pleasant Hill Schoolhouse at 2050 Oak Park Blvd. We urge the PHRPD to pursue efforts to save the iconic structure, either by rehabilitating it or preserving it at a minimal level until such time that the board finds the funding to preserve the building. The Old Schoolhouse can serve the community both culturally and educationally in many ways.”