AKA: Fresno Unified School District, Emerson Elementary School, Fresno, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - high schools

Designers: Young, Robert Brown, Architect (firm); Robert Brown Young (architect)

Dates: constructed 1889

2 stories

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Santa Clara Street and K Street
Fresno, CA 93721

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The K Street School was located on the southeast corner of Santa Clara Street and K Street (now Van Ness Avenue).

Building History

This brick school, situated at the southeast corner of K Street and Santa Clara Street, housed Fresno's first city high school, opening 09/16/1889, utilizing space on its second floor. The school graduated seven students in its first class, 06/1891. The school board constructed Fresno High School in 1896, which replaced the K Street facility for high school-aged students. It was later transformed into an elementary school, the Emerson Elementary School, which operated until about 1930.

Building Notes

R.B. Young designed this $20,000 school which had 12 rooms, eight of which housed classes. On the first two floors, Young created two, octagonal, central spaces around which the rooms were placed. On the top floor, he located an auditorium capable of seating 600.


Demolished. Fresno High School took the place of the K Street High School in 1896. Subsequently, the facility was converted to use by K-6 children and renamed "Emerson Elementary School." It was razed by the 1930s.

PCAD id: 7461