1909 School -Hammett, ID

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499 S School, Hammett, ID 83627

  • $85,000
  • 2 Bath
  • 7960 Sq Ft
  • 2 Ac.
Old Hammett School House on a two acre lot with water. Lots of possibilities . Large spacious rooms on all three floors.

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Some of the photos were archived photos from earlier this year.

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3472 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    So neat; I just love seeing old schools like this and imagining all the life that went on there!

  3. MonicaG says: 165 comments

    Such a perfect artist’s space. Envy.

    • Laurie says: 4 comments

      This was my brother’s house for about twenty years and he was indeed an artist. The top floor (old gym) has amazing light.

      • Richard Horres says: 1 comments

        I wish I could find the owner of the property so that I might be able to purchase the school go my handicapped daughter. She has to have so much equipment we can’t find any other property with rooms large enough to place all of her equipment. If any one can help us acquire this piece of property it would be most appreciated, thank you Richard. My email is *** (admin edit: no need to post email address, if someone wants to contact you I’ll send it to them privately)

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          The last agent for this home was Dennis Laib, Three Island Real Estate (208) 599-0703

          • Laurie says: 4 comments

            My husband & I just bought the schoolhouse, so unfortunately it isn’t for sale. It was in our family for 20+ years and we’re thrilled to be able to soon call it home again. Good Luck to you in your property search.

            • Thank you for posting the pictures of the Hammett School House. I attended school there for grades 1-8, graduating from 8th grade in 1952. They didn’t have kindergarten there in those days. There were 12 students in my graduating class. Yes, the fire escape was indeed a slide. Those of us who lived nearby would sometimes go there on a Saturday and climb up and slide down. There used to be a tennis court behind the school. It was a great place to roller skate. The front sidewalk was good for skating also.

  4. Big Rog says: 174 comments

    Why doesn’t the city, state, or federal government buy it and turn it into a shelter for the homeless, and for homeless veterans. Those rooms are big enough to accommodate several cots, or be tuned into an efficiency apartment.

    • JimHJimH says: 5037 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Homeless folks prefer places like Manhattan, Santa Monica, Portland and Miami, where it costs ten times as much to house and feed them.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Move homeless there and then what? You would need to give them an occupation. I’m not sure the availability of jobs in a small town like Hammett of less than 1000.

    • Meredith says: 17 comments

      In order to have those types of occupancies, it would have to be totally renovated to meet fire and building codes. This would include fire sprinklers, smoke alarm systems, commercial kitchen to meet health code requirements etc.

      Plus, it’s in the boon toolies.

  5. Dwight says: 34 comments

    I wish there was a better photo of the round tower on the side of the building. It looks like a fire escape slide. If it is a fire escape slide there’s a circular slide inside the tower that the children would use in case of fire. Who knew fire drills could be so much fun.

    • Chris says: 2 comments

      It is.

      I played on it as a kid in the ’70s when a friend of family owned it

      • Tracy says: 1 comments

        Anyone have old photo’s of the old Hotel in Hammet? Know any history on that place ?

        • Laurie says: 4 comments

          The old hotel in Hammett was the Medbury ; originally built in the nearby train stop of Medbury and later moved to Hammett. My mother owned the building in the 1970s and was told that originally the building had two stories, but the top half was taken off when it was moved.

  6. CarolCarol says: 72 comments
    Washington, PA

    I live in a rural area and the grade school that I attended was vacant and went up for sale. It was bought and turned into apartments. They were quickly filled. Many people who must rent would prefer to live in the country so this worked out well. The school still looks exactly the same on the outside. Thankfully the building was saved and is now serving another purpose.

  7. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1116 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    I agree with MonicaG. This would make a phenomenal place to create a home and have tons of studio space. Envy, indeed! My tiny studio looks like a mouse hole by comparison. This could be a wonderful place. Lots of work, but it could be unique and artistic.

  8. DJ says: 68 comments

    A wonderful brick school woth front rounded bay windows in Tarentum PA was turned into successful apartments. I love this woodstove and the numbers on the bathroom doors. Is there a gym? Would make a great community center, quilting room, library room, etc

  9. wendy says: 2 comments

    Or donate it to a non-profit 🙂 would so turn this into my Autism Bed and Breakfast

  10. Lottie says: 379 comments

    Just look at that beautiful metal roof! Someone has put some money into this building to protect it.

    Found the link below to a 2014 listing that has additional pictures of the kitchen and stairs.

    The listing for this property mentions that it comes with water. Could the rusty metal tower be a cistern for water? (As a retired teacher, I would bet that if there was a slide in that tower, somebody would get stuck going down during a fire drill causing a pile up!:-)

    From 1974 to 1995, an artist, Donald D. Black lived and worked here. http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/the-life-and-work-of-donald-d-black/Event?oid=2896334


    I think it is interesting that 9 miles down the road is a larger town, Glenns Ferry, which also built a two story school in 1909. It closed in 1965 and the City of Glenns Ferry bought the building and turned it into a museum.
    That is the best case senerio for old Hammett school in my opinon. The town has grown from 500+ in 1990 to 900+ now so maybe it is possible. It would be great as an artist studio again, or a community center, or a school again or as a private residence. Just really love that metal roof!

    • Gemma says: 112 comments

      I love the history lessons we get on this site.

    • Laurie says: 4 comments

      The “tower” is the old fire escape and has a slippery slide inside it. This was my brother’s place for over twenty years. It used to have a well, and lots of big old locust trees. My brother and I also spent many years publishing the local newspaper and used to lay it out in the basement every week.

    • Chrissie says: 1 comments

      The metal silo on the side is an emergency escape slide!

  11. Chris says: 2 comments

    A friend of my dad’s owned it in the ’70’s and I remember the slide and the huge rooms.

    Was a kids paradise.

  12. Lottie says: 379 comments

    So it was a slide! 🙂 Great!

  13. Suzy says: 1 comments

    I went to kindergarten there, all the way from mtn. Home.

  14. Mona Lisa says: 2 comments

    One of the female dorms(at the college I attended – University Of Montevallo) has a fire escape/slide. I stayed in Main dormitory one summer & the “slide” was right outside my third floor room. When running short on time for class, I would grab my books, exit my room, open the door that was two feet away, sit & slide…….

  15. Handyman mom says: 1 comments

    I tried to get the realtor to let my daughter and I view the school this last summer but he was never available. I am still interested in purchasing the school and viewing it and having it inspected to give me a heads up on things that will absolutely need repaired. I know it was taken off the market for some repairs under the eves of the roof. I am hoping I can contact the owners and maybe even bypass the realtor. This will be a great place for myself and my family to live. Several of my children are teachers and this school is very nostalgic.

  16. Kathy says: 1 comments

    A nurse I worked with bought this in the 90s to home school her children. I guess they grew up and left. Alice was so happy when she purchased it.

  17. I attended grades 1-8 in the Hammett School House, graduating from 8th grade in 1952. There was no kindergarten in the school during those years. Loved seeing all the pictures.

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