Alfred Nobel Elementary School

Nobel School 4127 W. Hirsch Street Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 1909, The American School Board Journal described Dwight H. Perkins’s plans for the new Alfred Nobel School as a national model for modern school design. Published prior to the school’s completion, the article explained that the 26-classroom structure would have six additional […]

Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy

Jose De Diego Elementary Community Academy 1313 North Claremont Avenue Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Jose de Diego Elementary Community Academy is one of many schools across the country named for Puerto Rican statesman, jurist, and author Jose de Diego (1867-1918). Born in Puerto Rico and educated both […]

Ravenswood Elementary School

Ravenswood Elementary School 4332 North Paulina Street Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson Ravenswood Elementary School has been a focal point of the surrounding community for nearly 150 years. In 1869, a group of real estate speculators known as the Ravenswood Land Company platted the Village of Ravenswood on farmland and wooded acreage north of […]

Haven School

15th Street and Wabash Avenue Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson One of Chicago’s earliest substantial works of school architecture stood at the corner of what is now 15thStreet and Wabash Avenue.  It was named for early Chicago Board of Education President Luther Haven.  Designed by Vermont-born Chicago architect Gurdon Randall, who was then known […]

Richard Yates School

Richard Yates School 1839 North Richmond Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 1896, when construction began on a new school that would be located just east of Humboldt Boulevard and Cortland Avenue, the Board of Education referred to the building as the “Boulevard School.” (1)  Earlier that year, the board had proposed naming the […]

George D. Tesch (1891–?)

George D. Tesch served as a Chicago Board of Education staff architect for many years. Born in New Jersey, Tesch practiced architecture in Ohio for a few years before arriving in Chicago. Hired by the Board of Education in 1921, Tesch worked under the supervision of John C. Christensen and Edgar D. Martin, when the […]

Isabelle O’Keeffe Elementary School

Isabelle C. O’Keeffe Elementary School 6940 Merrill Avenue  Historical profile by Elizabeth A. Patterson O’Keeffe Elementary School honors Isabelle C. O’Keeffe (?-1922), a woman who played an important role in the history of the Chicago Public Schools. Born Isabelle Kelly, O’Keeffe attended Chicago public schools and taught at the Graham Elementary School for six years […]

Ariel Community Academy and North Kenwood Oakland Charter Elementary School (formerly Shakespeare School)

Ariel Community Academy North Kenwood Oakland Charter Elementary School 1110 East 46th Street Historical profile by Julia S. Bachrach In 2001, the Chicago Public Schools completed a $12.5 million renovation of the old Shakespeare School building.  This project not only provided the thorough rehabilitation of a significant historic building, but also allowed the structure, which […]