Parkland School is a formerly abandoned school in the Parkland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. It was renovated to house Family Scholar House, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services for single-parent college students and their families.
Parkland School was constructed in 1891 at the corner of Catalpa (28th Street) and Dumesnil streets in the city of Parkland. 1 7 The community was unable to fully recover after a tornado six city-blocks-wide caused extensive destruction to the town in 1894, and it was annexed into neighboring Louisville. 7
Bids for the construction of four additional classrooms and the conversion of the basement into science and manual training classrooms were opened on August 15, 1911. 3 Students began using the new addition in the summer of 1912 although work was not wrapped up until late December. 5 By mid-1913, the new addition had become overcrowded because the city was annexing county lands and thus sending more students to city schools. 6 Kindergarten children were housed in a rented cottage across the street with two other classes being held in a former bakery. A portable building was brought in to serve as an additional classroom.
Plans for a $960,000 enlargement and renovation project of Parkland School were approved by the Board of Education on October 2, 1967. 2 It entailed the renovation of the original c. 1891 and c. 1912 buildings and the construction of a three-story building designed by Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp & Associates Architects that included a unique wallless library encircled by classrooms. The renovation and addition, with space for 800 students across 22 classrooms, was opened in September 1968.
In 1985, Parkland was renamed after Milburn Taylor Maupin, the first African-American central office administrator for the city public school system. 7 Maupin served as an interim superintendent from January to June 1975 and retired as deputy superintendent in 1978.
Construction of a new elementary school to replace the aging Maupin School began in 1997, 1 which opened in August 1998 at the cost of $9.6 million. 4 It included space for 540 students, two computer labs, an auditorium, and a gymnasium.
The shuttered Parkland School was mired in controversy after the new Maupin School opened. From 1998 through 2005, Shiloh Baptist Church and its pastor, Henry Humphrey, directed an effort to remodel the school into affordable senior citizen apartments. 11 Shiloh received $1.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Services (HUD) between 2001 and 2005 and $300,000 from the city for a new roof and elevator in the school. The lead architect, Nolan and Nolan, quit the project in 2004 over non-payment amid disputes with Humphrey and other project leaders.
Red flags were soon raised over falsified financial reports, eventually leading to Humphrey and his grant writer being charged with 11 federal counts, including defrauding HUD of $831,000. 10 Humphrey was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty.
The school remained abandoned until Family Scholar House, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services for single-parent college students and their families, broke ground on renovations to Parkland on September 27, 2012. 8 The ceremonial event kicked off construction of the $12.2 million Parkland Scholar House project, 9 designed by the Marian Development Group, which included the renovation of the circa 1891 and circa 1911 buildings, the demolition of the circa 1968 building, and the construction of a new structure to house 48 two- and three-bedroom apartments. 8 It included a computer lab, meeting rooms, a community kitchen and dining room, a library, and a fitness room. The project was financed with low-income tax credits from the Kentucky Housing Corporation, federal tax credits for historic preservation, a $1.2 million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation, and conventional financing.
A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Parkland Scholar House was held on August 7, 2013, and residents began moving in on August 10. 9