Alamo School Will Soon Be Apartments

WICHITA FALLS - Last year, former students and residents living around Alamo Elementary rallied to keep the 100 year old school standing, after the WFISD took bids for demolition.

Their wishes will come true, as construction will soon be underway to convert the old school into apartments.

Rick Graham said the school building is a prime location for residents who work just two blocks away at United Regional Hospital, but the main goal for Rick and Christy Graham is to preserve the historic building in that neighborhood.

The building that once housed Alamo Elementary is now sitting empty, following consolidation of several district schools back in 2014.

And once the WFISD began taking bids to tear down the old school, surrounding residents and former students expressed their concerns.

"My children and my grandchildren all came to this school and sometimes we pass by here and it brings back memories," said Rev. David Sapata, the parent of former Alamo student.

A little more than a year later, the Alamo is still standing, but it has a new lease on life as an apartment building.

Rick Graham  purchased the school for $101,000 and plans to spend a million dollars on the conversion of the 45-classroom school into apartments. Something he said is a good investment with so many medical facilities in that area.

"A lot of people move in and out for of course one or two years," said Graham. "So, we just think this is a really good location. If it's not going to be a school, if it's not a school then we think an apartment will be well suited for the needs."

All while preserving the look of the building.

"It's not going to look much different from the outside," said Graham. "The windows might have a slight green tent, low-e. But we will repaint and brighten up some of the colors. And mostly we will light it up at night with LED lighting and really show off the accents to the community."

And former students are happy the district found a new use for the old structure that houses more than 100 years of memories.

This isn't Graham's first taste at developing historic buildings in our community. He and his wife have renovated other old buildings, including the old Austin School. To see more of their work, click here.

The Holland School was also to be demolished last year. It was sold to Gold Nugget properties for $11,000.


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