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Ferndale School District hosting pre-demolition celebration for 86-year-old Old Main building

Ferndale High School 'Old Main' building entrance

FERNDALE, Wash. — Officials with the Ferndale School District say a farewell celebration is planned for the Old Main building on the Ferndale High School campus. The building has stood on the campus since 1936.

Ferndale students, staff, and families,

Please join us on Monday, December 12, from 4-6pm as we celebrate the countless memories forged in Ferndale High School’s Old Main building. Ferndale School District

The building is scheduled for demolition along with other existing buildings to make room for new buildings, lawns, roads and parking areas for the Ferndale High School. Demolition is scheduled during the upcoming months.

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Portion of Ferndale High School move-in plan graphic. Buildings to be demolished shown with blue cross hatching and dashed outlines Source: Ferndale School District

Event attendees will be able to walk through the Old Main building and take photos.

A 6-foot-wide and 11-foot-tall white cupula (aka “the dome”) that stood atop the Old Main building until being put in storage in 1985, was relocated to its new home at Pioneer Park in 2015.

FHS dome at FHS Class of 1973 reunion
Cupula at FHS Class of 1973’s 30th Reunion. Photo courtesy of Karen Herman.

New plumbing, heating, electrical systems, floors surfaces and wall coverings were installed in 1986 as part of a modernization project.

During the campaign for the bond to fund the campus rebuild, proponents said the cost to remodel Old Main was excessive due to the presence of hazardous materials and needed upgrades.

The City of Ferndale reportedly approached the Ferndale School District in 2019 regarding the possibility for the city to purchase the building to house municipal services including administrative offices and a courtroom. It was later estimated it would cost approximately $11.2 million to bring the building up to current standards and provided the necessary floorplans for the intended uses by the city. It was noted at the time that this would be in addition to the cost to purchase the building. The proposal was ultimately withdrawn.

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