The Town has purchased Cantril School — arguably the most iconic and historically significant building in Castle Rock — from the Douglas County School District.
When the Town of Castle Rock learned the building was being sold in late 2022, it became clear that the Town could help preserve local history while providing a new space for programs and community use.
“Ensuring the future of Cantril School has been on my mind for over 20 years,” said Mayor Jason Gray. “The Town’s purchase of this property helps preserve a piece of our community’s rich history for generations to come, while expanding the Parks and Recreation Department’s program capacity.”
The Town purchased the 2-acre lot, which includes the 14,000-square-foot building, from the School District for $3,525,000. The property, located at 312 Cantril St., is east of Downtown Castle Rock in the historic Craig and Gould neighborhood.
Cantril School opened as Castle Rock Elementary School in 1897. The property was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1984.
The Town’s primary goal for Cantril School is to provide options for public use while keeping the integrity of the building. Initial options are planned to include arts and enrichment classes and events.
“Cantril School is such a beautiful pillar of our Town’s heritage, strength, education and, of course, locally quarried rhyolite,” said Councilmember Desiree LaFleur. “I couldn’t be more excited to say this incredible building now belongs to our community to enjoy for many years to come. What a way to celebrate Historic Preservation Month, and what an amazing time to be part of Castle Rock History!”
Under the purchase agreement, the School District will continue to use the building through the end of July. The Town plans to offer arts and enrichment programming at the building beginning in fall 2023.
Before the building can be fully open for public use, many updates will be needed. The Town anticipates improvements to the building will be needed over several years to accommodate full use of the property. The initial focus for the property will be bringing it up to Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and updating heating and ventilation systems. This work will be phased and prioritized as funding allows.
Find more information about Cantril School at CRgov.com/CantrilSchool.
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