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informative history of von Humboldt on Chicago Historic Schools, a site I had never encountered before.
Julia Bachrach, Elizabeth A. Patterson, architect Bill Latoza, supplying many historical images, and the Art Institute's James Iska and Brooke Collins adding contemporary photographs.
A group of passionate historians and architects produced this website; they are not affiliated with Chicago Public Schools.The schools they document represent some of the most important architecture in the city. Few may make the standard architectural guidebooks, but they are both very fine buildings in their own right, and the kind of structural anchors that define the character of their respective neighborhoods. They are time capsules of Chicago's architectural and social history, and Chicago Historic Schools fills out their stories to a depth not previously available.
profiles of 22 school district architects, from the somewhat well known Dwight Perkins, a member of the Steinway Hall gang whose innovative work including such schools as Graeme Stewart, Trumbell and Schurz. The facade of his former office across the Water Tower survives today as an upscale fashion boutique.
John H. Edelmann, to August Bauer, Frederick Baumann, Paul Gerhardt and more. If it consisted of nothing more than these architectural biographies, Chicago Historic Schools would be an invaluable website.
There are currently 24 structures on Chicago Historic Schools, with more to be added in the future. There are also pages on three lost buildings. Two of the existing schools on the site - von Humboldt and Perkins's Trumbull - now stand empty as part of this year's great wave of closings. The advocacy of the “passionate” group producing Chicago Historic Schools has not only produced a great addition to the record of Chicago's architectural heritage, but their advocacy stands to increase awareness of the irreplaceable value of vital, historic structures that are increasingly being treated as disposable.
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