New apartments have an old school feel

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Built in 1909, The Historic Horace Mann school is no longer used as a school, but now is ready for a different kind of occupant, renters. The old building has been renovated and turned into market rate apartments, with one catch, the building still looks like a school.

The hallways are intact, trophy cases and lockers are scattered throughout the three story building and there are chalk boards in many of the units. The living areas also have the original tall windows. Currently 18 of the 30 units are leased.

Foutch Brothers is a KC based firm specializes in renovating old buildings, mainly schools, but also old factories in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. David Jones said the company makes it a point to respected the past in this building but also build for the future.

"We had people coming in that remembered going to school here, and coming in and saying that was my old classroom," said Jones.

Jones said soon the trophy cases will be full of old Horace Mann memorabilia like yearbooks, trophy's and pictures.

The renovation process began about a year ago, now the 30 apartments are equipped with Google Fiber and some even have patios.

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