The city of Neenah provided many opportunities for Mr. Waters to ply his trade. He designed all kinds of buildings in that community, several of them were schools. Prime among them was the First Ward School, which was built in 1879 and served grades one through eight as well as the high school. By that time styles were in transition from Italianate to Queen Anne and the school showed influences of both. The building was built of stone from a local quarry and bricks from a Neenah brick yard at a cost of $15,600, with a heating system and school furnishing the price tag came to $25,000.