Renovation History

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Built in 1915, the Flora School sat vacant and neglected for 25 years. So, just as the old Flora School had its reading, writing, and arithmetic, the Flora School Education Center has its own three R’s: restoring, repairing, and renovating. These are made possible through grants, donations, and volunteer efforts.

Highlights of our accomplishments:

  • Plumbing in the form of a well connected to the school and the furnace pipes and heaters repaired.
  • New furnace and diesel tank installed– all donated materials.
  • Belfry restored to its original design: open to all four winds. Then repaired and painted as needed.
  • The auditorium is nearly restored, needing some molding here and there along with backstage window treatments other than chain link.
  • The sewing room has had electrical outlets installed and paint stripped from the windows, shelving installed, wainscoting stripped of paint, the ceiling and walls repaired and made to look like plaster.
  • Repairs to the underside of the porch roof now prevent pigeons from roosting there and getting into the main building when the front door is open for visitors.
  • The office is usable, complete with fax, telephone, file drawers, antique desk, computer system; all donated.
  • Phone lines have been installed up to and inside the school building.
  • The roof has been replaced with layered shingles and the outside of the building painted. The painting restored the two color paint from by-gone days.
  • Glass windows have been replaced except for the storage gym which needs frames built. Unfortunately, two windows have since been broken and will need replacement.
  • Water is piped right to the building and now just needs to be hooked up inside the building.
  • Work has begun on sheet-rocking the ceiling in the foyer and the other cloakroom.
  • Paint on the wainscoting is also in the process of being stripped. The first floor foyer banisters have been stripped of paint.

To Do:

  • A lot of work remains. If you’d like to help, consider making a donation or volunteering for a work day or on a specific project.
  • Interior restoration work remains to be done on many of the rooms.
  • Boardwalks need to be built to guide people to the entrance and to the eight-holer outhouses that will be rebuilt on the backside of the building.

3 Comments so far:

  1. Lynda Swanson says:

    Just working my way around your site trying to write to you about this exciting project and also the Barn and Breakfast.
    I am an Innkeeper and very interested in Intentional Community. Lived in Dayton for 13 years and miss it very much. This country speaks to me. When I found you here, I just had to try to get in touch.
    Anyone out there thinking community? I’d like to talk about that.


  2. Punam says:

    It’s good to see someone thinnikg it through.

  3. Dan Ward says:

    Looking forward to attending Flora School Days this year on June 4, 2016. My grandmother taught school at the Flora School as one of the very earliest teachers at the school.
    I’m working with my family history buffs to verify the exact year. She was married in Wallowa County in August of 1921. We are trying to find out if she taught there just before she was married, or after.
    Her maiden name was Hazel “Vesta” Kruse. My grandfather’s name was Joseph P Oliver, son of Henry William Oliver. My grandparents married after my grandfather, Joseph returned from France in World War 1.
    I would be very interested if you have any info on what years she taught there. Please let me know.
    I’ll try and bring some pictures. Thanks. Dan

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