The Historic Pine Bluffs High School Community Charette was held on May 17, 2008 as a dynamic community workshop to address the community’s use of the Historic Pine Bluffs High School, which had been saved from demolition in 1996. The workshop addressed many issues that are summarized in this document.

This collection contains one document: The Historic Pine Bluffs High School Charette Report. This document is a summary of the proceedings of the workshop held on May 17, 2008 to address preservation issues of the Historic Pine Bluffs High School in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.

The Historic Pine Bluffs High School was originally built in 1929 with additions built in 1947 and 1949. It gained recognition and placement on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of progressive 1920s school architecture in Wyoming, and for its importance to the Pine Bluffs community. This building was threatened by demolition in the 1990s and was saved by a citizens’ coalition, the Pine Bluffs Heritage Society. In 2007, the Pine Bluffs Heritage Society partnered with the University of Wyoming American Studies Program to develop a plan for the preservation and reuse of the school.

The charette was held as an intensive 1-day workshop. “Charette” style workshops are dynamic processes in which participants are actively engaged in solving design problems. The goals were to identify possible uses and best uses for the building, propose new uses and detail what would be needed to accommodate such uses, estimate expenses and income, and identify funding sources for rehabilitation.

This project was planned and presented by the University of Wyoming American Studies Department with support from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and with additional support from the Pine Bluffs Heritage Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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