History is preserved, providing high school students a contemporary learning environment within a revered structure

Originally named the Walla Walla, Horace Mann School is the oldest building still in use by the Seattle School District. A 12-classroom wood-framed prototypical design, the landmarked Mann building has served in many roles for the District since 1902.

TCF completed a large-scale modernization to accommodate the educational needs of NOVA High School while preserving the building’s historic integrity. Collaboration with representatives from the District, NOVA High School, the City’s Landmarks Preservation Board, and other project stakeholders led to a scope of work that added a 2-story classroom addition, transformed the basement into useable space, improved accessibility, and upgraded; fire suppression, security, water, electrical, telecom and HVAC systems.