Marshall School is one of the many historic neighborhoods that keep one foot planted firmly in the past. The intimate neighborhood is one of several vibrant niches collocated in the midtown area – all urban and uniquely alive, yet pleasant with plush trees canopying over charming, older, Victorian-esque homes. This little niche, however, lays claim to the Old Marshall School, built in 1903, helping establish the city’s public grade schools in the capitol’s earliest years.
Marshall School began as a two-room wooden schoolhouse in 1882. It was rebuilt in 1903 and designed by Rudolph Harold, a locally prominent architect who also designed city hall. It was used as a grade school until 1976. Still in use for educational entities, it is the neighborhood’s defining cornerstone surrounded by ornate craftsman homes, lofts, and bungalows.
Today the area is a bustling borough of empty nesters, hipsters, affluent professionals, artists, and families thriving off the many cultural and recreational offerings midtown is known for. Whether its theatres, pubs, parks, music, or shopping, residents find little reason to wander from their own little private city.
Despite the urban feel, Marshall School has a decidedly local flavor. The Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association oversees the area and promotes vitality and community. Popular activities include yoga at Marshall Park every Sunday morning and the midtown farmers market is held just a few blocks away at 20th and J, every Saturday morning.