Historic Springfield school set to re-open as lofts soon

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Springfield, MO – As you walk the halls you might be reminded of what was once a red-bricked Springfield school. 

Owner of Bailey School Lofts, Jason Murray, said he wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“We have the hand-drawn details of the scuffers for the roof gutters, those are still on the building today,” said Murray. 

Murray said it was important he preserved as much history as possible during the renovation. 

“It’s really neat to take the old buildings and convert them into urban housing,” said Murray.  

During our tour, Murray pointed out elements that make the lofts so unique. 

“There are four murals in the building, and they were in front of all the water fountains,” said Murray. “They were all done by a school artist who did quite a few of them across this part of the country.” 

Future tenant, Austin Boyland said it was a no-brainer when making the decision to lease one of the lofts. 

“To find this place and to have the amenities of an apartment complex but the historic nature,” said Boyland. “It’s something that you don’t come by very often.” 

Boyland said he’s happy to see people take an interest in revitalizing historic pieces of Springfield. 

“Springfield’s done a really good job at revitalizing downtown and keeping the character downtown,” said Boyland. “But, this is kind of an extension of that and more.” 

“This was taken in 1920 in front of the original bailey school,” said Murray. “The building we’re in now was built in 1930’s, it’s the new bailey school.” 

The Bailey School Lofts will be open to the public this Saturday, April 27, from 1-4 p.m. 

 For more information call (417) 831-2676.

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