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.

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John H. Edelmann (1852–1900)

John H. Edelmann was a partner in the short-lived firm of Johnston & Edelmann, best known for nurturing a young Louis Sullivan. Johnston & Edelmann designed the 1873 King School (on Harrison Street, near Western) and five other elementary schools – including the Ward School on South Shields Avenue, now a Chicago landmark – in […]

John C. Christensen (1878–1967)

Born in Denmark, John C. Christensen immigrated to America with his family as a child. He began his career as a clerk of the works in the Architect’s Department for the Board of Education in 1906, during Dwight Perkins’s tenure. According to the 1906 Proceedings of the Board Education, in this position Christensen was one […]