Historic school turned into new apartments in downtown Leavenworth

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. --Until Exact Architects bought the Ben Day School, it stood empty for seven years. Now the 95-year-old historic building is on its way to becoming 25 new apartments.

The $3 million project is partly funded by state and federal tax credits. Architects who are a part of the projected decided to stick to the guidelines of the National Park and State of Kansas For Historic places while constructing the apartments.

“We try to keep the integrity of every classroom as best as we can,” says Kyle Greenfield of Green Field Energy Group.

The architects said they had to get creative to preserve the overall look of the school.

“The challenge is what do you do with something as big as a gymnasium? What do you do with something as small as an old principal’s office,” he says.

The project started in December and is expected to be completed in early July.