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 […]

Joseph S. Johnston (1843–?)

Johnston & Edelmann designed the King School (on Harrison Street, near Western) and five other elementary schools, including the Ward School, located on South Shields Avenue. Ward School, now a Chicago landmark, is the only extant example of the firm’s school designs.