May 23, 2011

Elementary Schools in the Area

This post highlights some of the elementary schools of 
Lake View when it was a township, city, District of Chicago, and then finally one of the 77 community areas of Chicago
image - The Chicagoan
The List of Public Schools 
of Old Lake View: 
(article will continue)
Diversey Street School
mentioned in this article
1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
intially constructed in 1875
Its replacement or annex was constructed in 1887
and renamed by 1891
the buildings by 1894
In the 1923 map both buildings were no longer on Diversey
Schools News
in 1882
An 1884 Account:
The Lake View Township Schools 
"Lake View is as well supplied schools of a high grade as any town[ship] in the notwithstanding which fact there are over one children unable to obtain schooling because of the condition of the eight buildings which their more fortunate comrades. The school board trustees are as follows John N Hills president Franz Baer and A.S. Maltman Seth F. Hanchett secretary and treasurer.
School No 1 is situated Evanston Avenue (Broadway) corner of School (Aldine). The building is over twenty years old. The property is valued at $22,000.  Amelia Holcomb principal. 
School No 2 is located on Diversey Street corner Seminary Avenue the building a two story brick edifice. In 1878 a four room building was erected and 1882 the accommodations were increased two rooms. The school house is one of the most substantial in the town[ship] value of property $45,000. Lena Troendle is the 1st principal. 
School No 3 corner of Wrightwood Avenue and was erected in 1882and  the pupils being under the [care] of Margaret Fitch. 
School No 4 corner of Orchard and Wrightwood has eight rooms and is one of the finest district school buildings in the county. It was completed year 1883 and valued at $22,000. E Williams has been transferred as principal. 
School No 5 school building on Belmont Avenue near Hoyne. It has three rooms and was removed being the frame structure. 
article from 
1964 Lake View anniversary magazine

In addition to the above there is a branch primary at [Community of] Ravenswood known as Ravenswood School (Sulzer) [on the] corner of Sulzer and Paulina Streets. JF Kletzing is principal.
An ungraded school at Andersonville by Mrs Mary W Jackson and the Rose Hill the brick building being erected in 1882; the pupils taught by Mr Williams. 
(interesting to note that Rose Hill School was not mentioned)
The five most important schools of the town[ship] are in No 1 the total value of the property being $112,000. The bonded debt is $89,000. [The] school population in June 1883 is 3,305 number of children [out of] 4,665 children. 
The total population of the town[ship] is 19,000."
School News 
in 1887
That year the voters of the City of Lake View voted to be annexed to the City of Chicago. The main issues was lack of clean water, and cost of education compared to Chicago. Instead of annexation the voters choose a city government. Two years later the voters reversed course and voted for annexation. In 1889 an additional issue was offered - government corruption.
School News
in 1890

Chicago annexed numerous surrounding township communities, thereby adding 125 square miles of land, nearly quadrupling in size, and becoming the largest city in the country. The annexation also brought 225,000 new citizens, tens of thousands of new school children, and scores of additional school buildings to the system. The number of school-age children (ages 6 to 21) rose from nearly 200,000 in 1888 to over 289,000 in 1889. The number of school buildings owned nearly doubled, from 102 in 1888 to 203 in 1889.

According to this Board of Education report published 
in 1890 the City of Lake View (former township)
 had four school districts with 10 schools
plus one High School, now part of Chicago
(see page 258-9 for locations)
Lake View District #1
7 schools 
Lake View District # 2
2 Schools

Lake View School Districts #3 & #4
total of 3 Schools
and the High School
(detail in my next post)

This is the class of 1891 at Lake View School #2
This cardboard backing photo is part of my collection
their names are list on the back 
Chicago Public Schools
in 1897 
University of Chicago Library
the above map in sections
Devon to Fullerton avenues
Paulina to the then existing lakefront
*the green line indicates the 
proposed extension of Lake Shore Drive*
in the District of Lake View
in 1908
new school districts
A School Issue
in 1892 at Lake View # 3
(Prescott Elementary)
Lake View was once known for brick-making. The by-product of the manufacturing of bricks were the vacant holes in the Earth called Clay Pits that result in open garbage dumps
Chicago Public Schools
in 1914
California Avenue to the Lakefront
Public Schools
in By Name:
Andersonville School 
Township of Lake View
Township Community of Andersonville
According to an online source called Curbed Chicago this schoolhouse once at the southwest corner of 59th Street (Foster Avenue) and Clark Street was recorded with 
both the Anderson and Andersen spellings.
This school was also known as the meeting place for the township citizens who discussed the establishment of the Lake View Township. The township was granted township status by the State of Illinois by 1857. This status would change in 1887 when the township became a city. Two years later the citizens of the City of Lake View voted for annexation to Chicago.
 photo front and back
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
According the Edgewater Historical Society the Andersonville school was used as an ungraded school because there were so few children in the area.
The Rascher's Atlas Map
with a zoomed view below
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
zoomed below
According to the 'Annual Report of the Superintendent of Schools' [Chicago] of 1908 the demolition of the building 
was in the works since 1903 per the article below
Plans for demolition in 1903
Township of Lake View
Township Community of Rose Hill
City of Lake View
District of Lake View
Rascher's Atlas Map
zoomed view below
Sulzer School
currently called
Township of Lake View
in the
former township community of Ravenswood
City of Lake View 
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
The original building at the same location
Rascher's Atlas Map
Sulzer School on the right
and Library Hall to the left
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
zoomed below
as Sulzer Street Public School
zoomed below
as Ravenswood Public School
zoomed below
photos above - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection

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 Chicago and west of Lake Michigan and Graceland Cemetery. Residents of this new leafy suburb in Lakeview Township could soon commute to the city on the Chicago & North Western Railroad. Ravenswood’s founders almost immediately built a basic one-room schoolhouse at Hermitage and Wilson Avenues. By early 1873, though, the Village had enough well-to-do inhabitants to support a handsome Italianate schoolhouse with four classrooms. This two-story brick building, topped by a fanciful cupola, was built at the cost of $15,000. Known as the Sulzer Street School or Ravenswood School No. 1, the structure stood at the corner of Sulzer and Paulina Streets, facing Sulzer (now Montrose Avenue).

Postcard 1908 - Ebay
 as of 1915 
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection 
housed at Sulzer Regional Library
Miss Crockow - Principal in 1873
a Sulzer classroom in 1885
1894 class photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection via Explore Chicago Collection
Championship basketball team players in 1910 
Daily News Archives
1900 photo - Chicago Historical Schools 
1909 photo - Chuckman Collection 
The Lake View High School Connection
In the first quarter of the 20th century many Lake View High students were housed at Ravenswood Elementary due to 
over-crowding at the high school. This elementary school was one of many that house students from the high school during this time period until the high school building added on.
LVHS Yearbook 1935
part of my collection
1985 photos below
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection 
via Explore Chicago Collection
Fine Arts & Performing School
Lake View Township
City of Lake View
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
photos - Lake View Patch
once known as Lake View (Township) School District #1, 
 and once referred to Dummy-Road School according to these articles below
Explanation of the word 'Dummy'
The word 'dummy' came from a company called Chicago & Cook County Passenger Dummy Railroad that was awarded a contract from the State of Illinois in 1874 to operated on muncipal streets in Illinois. The company's product was a steamed powered engine railcars that would be used for public transportation. The first car was the engine that was to look like the passenger car hence the 'dummy' car. The Dummy train was not very popular with residents of the area who owned and used horse on the roadway - the horses freaked out due to the extreme noise of the engine and billowing nature of the clouds of steam as well as steel wheels against steel tracks. After awhile the horses and the residents would adapt to the point of changing the name of the street from Lake Shore Plant Road to Dummy-Road and a school to Dummy-Road School.
the Dummy Railroad train
Apparently, the Township of Lake View commissioned the company to operated on what then called Lake Shore Plank Road and then at some periord later called the same roadway Dummy-Road. The elementary was established during the American Civil War on Lake Shore Plank Road. Apparently school administrators thought it necessary to call their school Dummy-Road School. I have no idea what the school was called before the roadway name change - maybe the roadway was just simply called Lake Shore Plank Road School.

"School No 1 is situated on Evanston Avenue corner of School [and located in School District 1. The original building is over twenty years old but the main portion of the two story brick structure was erected in 1879. The property is valued at $22,000. Amelia Holcomb is principal of No 1." The second brick building was constructed by 1893 and directly infront of the original brick building - AT Andreas

postcard - my personal collection
This postcard image shows both the original school and the newer school. A building bridge was constructed later to connect to the two buildings. Below are images of the Sanborn Fire Map 1894 indicating the bridge link to the two buildings as well as illustrations from 1923 & 1950. Broadway was called Evanston Avenue prior to 1913 and School Street end at Evanston Avenue by 1894.
Rascher's Altas Map
the second brick building below
The original building  

1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
zoomed below
both building is connected by a land bridge
The newer building in red
In July 1892 Lake View School #1 
was renamed Louis Nettelhorst School

President of the Chicago Board of Education (1888-1892); First Speaker of Chicago Turn-Gemeinde (1883-1888; 1890-1893); namesake of the Louis B. Nettelhorst Elementary School. Advocate of physical education and the teaching of German in Chicago elementary schools and a significant figure in German life in late 19th Century Chicago. He died in 1893 and buried in Graceland Cemetery. - Find A Grave

1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
a bridge connects the two buildings
Students Helping the Poor
in 1896
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
2 buildings become 1
*in 1913 Evanston Avenue is renamed to Broadway*
zoomed view below
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
zoomed view below
 new addition from the 1950 map (from plans)
photos above - Bill Latoza, Chicago Historical Schools
Dedication & Open House
in 1954
 1958 Report Card 
photos - John Friedman via
 Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
photo - Robert Lee and his brother David (by the truck) 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
photo - Wilson Soto-Adames with comment via 
“I still remember thinking that the small playground was the size of a baseball field. Unfortunately, my mother and I left good old Chicago in 1963 and returned to Puerto Rico. I lived on Barry and have great memories of my friends and remember getting together on Fridays 
(I think) to watch the Untouchables” - Wilson Soto-Adames
part of my collection - selected pages

a 1963 photo via Susan Riebman Groff,
a contributor to my Facebook page LakeView Historical
Susan is the second row on the left of this photo. 
She was in third grade & 8 years old.
1965 graduation photo
Al Roth via Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni
Ms. Hampton and students  
1960s photo - Susan Reibman Groff, 
Forgotten Chicago/Facebook
Ms. Hampton - from Nettelhorst Alumni page
In 2003 this school building was in a downward spiral but was saved by the dedication of a principal/staff and community associations + business merchants with some tender loving care & a lot of paint; not only standard wall paint but with murals thoughout the school along with 'theme' hallways.
 published in 2009
this book tells a story of rebirth of a school that was on of the first schools of the former Township/City of Lake View
of this school via Flickr.
2012 photos - Lake View Patch
A 125th Celebration
Some photos from that event
logo - Nettelhorst School-Facebook
  2018 photo by Liz Zoller Cohen 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
 both 2018 photos by Liz Zoller Cohen
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
and the party afterwards at another location
photo below by Michael McLoughlin 
Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
photo - Garry Albrecht
This is a 2014 photo of the hallway looking toward 
the 1893 building (the second building) 
that connects both school buildings
 2018 photo by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
 2018 photo by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
 2018 photo by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
  2018 photos by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
William H.
Prescott Magnet Cluster
 Lake View Township 
City of Lake View
District of Lake View
Community of Lincoln Park
photo - Forgotten Chicago 
the date reflects the building date
 not the establishment date
in 2018-2019

bkl Architecture led in 2018-2019 planning and design management services as the owner’s representative for Chicago Public Schools for the renovation of William H. Prescott Elementary School. The primary emphasis of the renovation was on the exterior envelope. Associated interior improvements were made throughout to repair plaster and paint and included the conversion of an existing space into two classrooms. This 3-story, 50,000 square foot building serves approximately 440 students in grades K-8. The school was originally constructed in 1899, with an addition in 1936. The building is classified as “Orange” in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey as the building “possesses potentially architectural or historical features.” As such, the designers approached the renovation with care to maintain detailing. Exterior improvements focused on masonry restoration including tuck- pointing as well as brick, stone, and terra-cotta repairs. An obsolete masonry chimney stack was reduced in height and boiler flues were rerouted. As the roof replacement required an increase in insulation, brick parapet walls were raised. Additionally, the copper cornice that extended across 3 facades was repaired. 

Rascher's Altas Map
zoomed view below
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
neighborhood of brick manufacturing yards 
and clay pits
zoomed view below
the manufacturing is gone 
vacant lots in its place
zoomed view below
Marshfield Avenue is now
between the school & Paulina??
zoomed view below
significant building configuration change??
zoomed view below
James B
Township of Lake View
Township Community of Ravenswood
City of Lake View
District of Lakeview
Community of Uptown
photo - Center Square Journal
photo below - their website
illustration -  their Facebook page
unknown date
 1909 postcard - their Facebook page
'We are a diverse school that includes many different kinds of learners. Our students are from 28 different countries and speak 31 different languages. We would welcome the opportunity to show you around our school and to meet our excellent faculty and staff and connect with our community of students and families.' - their website
Rascher's Atlas Map
zoomed below
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

zoomed below
zoomed below
zoomed below
2021 Google Maps
the auditorium
photos - their Facbook page
other interior views
planned vs existing
3 Design Options

Public Work – Chicago Public School Campus Master Plan

Culliton Quinn is a Chicago-based landscape architecture studio, established in 2004 by Brian Culliton and Tony Quinn. While the core of our work is primarily residential, we continue to expand on our public work with outdoor learning gardens, school campus plans, university work, and boutique hotels. Site sensitivity and fine detailing are apparent in every design concept from large-scale spaces to small, intimate gardens. – Company website

The existing outdoor space accommodates recess and after-school activities for 600 students, as well as community park space on the weekends. Friends of McPherson, under the guidance of Openlands and CPS, developed an initiative to reinvent their open space. Culliton Quinn prepared a number of conceptual designs and presented them to the individual groups. The site was overplanted with Linden trees, making up nearly 90% of all tree species. Many of the trees were also impeding active play areas, soccer and football being the most popular. Selective tree removals and the planting of new tree species work to significantly increase the site’s plant diversity. A large lawn area is the central feature of the park, giving the school a much-needed play field. The pathway surrounding the lawn connects various spaces and serves as an outdoor track. Long grass berms run along the play field to offer seating to those watching the games or keeping an eye on their kids. The playground with poured-in-place rubber surface was designed with equipment for two age groups alongside one another to facilitate parents needing to oversee their children of different ages. Hopscotch, foursquare, and a half-size basketball court also accommodate a wide range of users. Hands-on learning gardens were located near the school to keep the active areas away from the indoor classrooms, reducing distractions. The front of the school’s fenced-in lawn areas will be converted to a sculpture garden with outdoor seating, natural plantings, mulch pathways, and artwork created by students. New parkway planters and street trees help to reduce the concrete sidewalk areas, currently 20’ wide, providing some separation from vehicular traffic.

Township of Lake View
City of Lake View
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
Facebook page
1908 photo - Chuckman Collection
postcard - Chuckman Collection
photos - Brule Laker/Flickr
Rascher's Atlas Map
zoomed below
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
zoomed below
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zoomed below
Cooking Classes
in 1899 
New Building Planned
in 1952
New Playground Space
 in 2019
 photos - Hawthorne Neighbors-Facebook
 City of Lake View
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View

1912 postcard - Ebay

Rascher's Atlas Map
that year the township became a city
the school was constructed in 1888
zoomed below
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
zoomed below
with no signficant difference in 1950
zoomed below
photo below
Ravenswood Lake-View Community Collection
Modeling the War
in 1918
Lake View High School 
had a presence in this school in 1935 and other years
  due to overcrowding in the high school.
This relationship lasted for about a decade 
1953 - Art Class?
'Development of light' workshop table - 1936
Bird House Building Club - 1938
'Study of Bats' 1938 
 'Our Farm' project 1938
safety workshop table - 1938
'Adjustment class'?? 1941

Science Class 1941
Seeds in 1962
School within of Gang Territory
in 1974
Potential Closure
in 2009
New Found Fame
in 2016
photo below - Playbill
Photos from their Facebook page
interior photos
A Good Source 
for Classs photos
mostly Class Photos
 District of Lake View
Community of North Central
Neighborhood of Roscoe Village
 1910 postcard - Ebay
photo below - their website 
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 
zoomed below
with no sigificant difference in 1950
zoomed below
Lake View High School students
had a presence in this school due to overcrowding in 1935. 
This relationship lasted several years

mid 1990's photos - UIC Photographic of Change

The school entered the 21st century with solar energy
image - Illinois Clean Energy
Adding Murals in 2021
name change in 2021 from
Louis John Randolph Agassiz Elementary 
2851 N Seminary Avenue
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
Facebook Page
1906 photo - Art Institute of Chicago
2017 photo - Brule Laker/Flickr
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
with no signficant change in 1950
the then Name-sake
in 1965
This article indicates the school was constructed in the township of Lake View but not reflected in the maps of either 1887, 1891 or 1894 unless the original building was in another location
Pandemic Classroom Photos
These photos from their Facebook page is a good sampling of what it was like learning in a classroom setting was like after shelter-in-place national policy during the years 2020-2021 school year
A Name Change 
in 2021
photos - their Facebook page
of School of Fine Arts
District of Lake View
Community of North Central
photo - Ebay
photo below - Yale Club of Chicago
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
with no significant changes for 1950
zommed below
A Ceremony
in 1907
Once a School for Special Needs Students
prior to 1951
50th Year Anniversary
in 1958
Memories from 
Contributor Carole E. Brennan
via LakeView Historical-Facebook
her class - Halloween 1946
she is the pumpkin first row last of the left
Her Classroom Booklet 1948

her 1954 graduation journal 

her 1954 Graduation photo

photo below - Ashley via Pictame
a Changing the Environment 
from the Inside
2017 photos - IPAINTMYMIND
the school is part of an art exchange program 
with other schools

 photo - their Facebook page
above photo - via Jessica Mueller
below 2017 photo - Pictame
East Campus
Township of Lake View
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
West Campus
District of Lake View
Community of North Central
the West Campus was initially called
postcard view of the original school??
(East Campus)
2015 photo below- their Facebook page
Rascher's Atlas Map
of the East Campus
zoomed view below
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
zoomed below
zoomed below
a new building in 1937
zoomed below
1944 photo of the newer building
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
photo - Ebay
Added Land
in 1961
Famous Author Remembered
in 1965
A New Field at East Campus
in 2014
Both Campass's 
attend a Inauguation
in 2017
intially called
Schneider School
currently the West Alcott Campus
photos - their alumni page
that includes a lot of class vintage photos
from 1965
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
zoomed below
with no signficant change in 1950
zoomed below
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
1908 photo - Chuckman Collection
view east
2015 photo - Public Building Commission
view west
photo below - It began with paint/blog
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
zoomed below
with no significant changes in 1950
zoomed below
Blaine auditorium toward the stage in 1906
photo - Chicago History Museum
1944 photo - Chicago History Muesum
Graduation ceremony in 1948
photo - Chicago Hsitory Museum
photo below - their Facebook page
verus 2015
Article 1965
Random Photos 
Lake View by Matthew Nickerson
2016 photo - Chicago Tribune
New Stuff in 2018
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
 1908 photo - Chicago Historical Schools
photo below -  David Laz via Original Chicago-Facebook
1935 photo below -  Chicago Historical Schools
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
with no significant change in the 1950 map
zoomed view
Dumping Grounds
in 1898
Victory Gardens
in 1918
PTA is Established 
in 1949

photos from their Facebook page
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
first location
3805 N Sheffield Avenue
second location
No Facebook page

Their first location was at the northeast corner 
of Grace & Sheffield
 This school was originally located on the northeast corner of Grace Street and Sheffield Avenues. 
The current school is located at 832 W Sheridan Road
photos - their website
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 
the first location at
corner of Sheffield & Grace
zoomed below
According to Lake View High School yearbook Greeley School was converted to a branch of the high school in 1919
zoomed below
still a branch
zoomed below
Indicators from a 1935 LVHS yearbook
another reference 
a high school class photo at (Greeley) LVHS branch school 
photo - Lake View High School 1927 yearbook
 1949 photo from Lake View HS yearbook below
Poor Condition 
by 1969
Razed and Replaced in 1978
a book page - East Lake View by Matt Nickerson
2021 Google Map view
A Creepy 
Ghost Story
published in 2003

THE PRESIDENT: Two hundred thirty-nine public schools are Blue Ribbon Schools, and maybe a dozen here in the state of Illinois. This is one of the Blue Ribbon Schools. It's a Blue Ribbon School because it's excelling. It's meeting standards. And one of the reasons is, it's got a fine principal in Carlos. I'm proud to be with you, Carlos. Carlos understands that we have got to set high standards for our children and work with the teachers to achieve those standards. I was honored to go to some of the classes. It was -- it's exciting to go back to the classroom. One of my messages is to the teachers:
 America can't thank you enough for teaching. It's truly important to -- for our teachers to be thanked. It's also important for parents to be involved, and for those of you who are parents, thank you for being here today. Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary of the day that I signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law. And since that day we've come a long way, fewer students are falling behind. People are beginning to get used to the notion that there's accountability in the public school system. Look, I recognize some people don't like accountability. In other words, accountability says if you're failing, we're going to expose that and expect you to change. Accountability also says that when you're succeeding you'll get plenty of praise.
919 W Barry Avenue
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
photo - wall of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
zoomed view below
image - 'Robert morris elementary school' - Facebook
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Opening Day
in 1896
Resolution in 1964
 A School Newsletter
in 1966
from their Alumni Facegook page
Learning English 
in 1967

 1972 photo - Arlene Nybakken Chase via
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Future in Doubt
in 1970
 Google Map Views 
of the Space
The space currently houses a building called the Center for Advanced Care, part of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital campus of buildings
2009 view
long a parking space before the snip was captured
2014 view
2015 view
A Class Photo(s) Find
from their Alumni Facebook page
Le Moyne Elementary
closed in 2009
named changed to
Inter-American Magnet School 
851 W Waveland Avenue
District of Lake View
Community of Lake View
Apparently,the property and building was donated to the Chicago Public Schools by the wife of John V. Le Moyne solely for 
'special needs' student population in 1914
After months of rumors, parents and teachers at LeMoyne Elementary have learned that early childhood programs at the Wrigleyville school will end in June and the school itself will be phased out in seven years. A nearby magnet school will be moving into the building next year, parents were told Friday. Inter-American Magnet School, a dual language school, will [planned] move into LeMoyne School in September 2006. The magnet school has been searching for a new building for years. - Chicago Tribune 2005
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
1923 (split mapping)
east towad Broadway
zoomed view of the building
east towad Broadway
zoomed view of the building
with an addition
A Google 2009 view from Addison Street one year before the construction of the 19th Police District Building that used the  parking lot for construction - LeMoyne in the distance
The End is Near
in 2005
then a new school name
Community of Lake View

Inter-American Magnet School was founded by two north side mothers who dreamed of a multilingual, multicultural school where children from varied backgrounds would be taught in English and Spanish in an atmosphere of cultural pride. Adela Coronado-Greeley and Janet Nolan took their idea to the community and then to the Board of Education. The Board agreed to support a bilingual preschool where Spanish-speaking children could prepare for kindergarten. In September 1975 the preschool opened in the old Bartelme School in Rogers Park. Janet and Addy Tellez were the only teachers and a single bus provided transportation for the students. At the end of the year, the Board considered dropping the program, but instead, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC), headed by Adela Coronado-Greeley, persuaded the Board members to expand the program and add a kindergarten class. In 1977 the Board extended the program to first grade and, subsequently, a grade was added each year.

location on Barry east of Halsted
photos - unknown source

In 1978, IAMS moved into John V Le Moyne Public School, east of Wrigley Field. As the school grew, parents/guardians lobbied for the school to have its own site. In 1983, that effort paid off and the school moved to a temporary location at 919 W. Barry. Two years later the first class of eighth graders graduated from IAMS. In 2006 the school moved back to the Le Moyne building, after a $7 million renovation by the Board of Education. The school now provides bilingual and multicultural education for students in pre-K through 8th grade. The tradition of parental activism continues, with IAMS families deeply involved in every aspect of school life. - website

School Council Elections in 1989 when on Barry Avenue

Not Bilingual But 2 Languages
in 2001
the auditorium
their website album section
A New Field 
in 2014
photos - Tom Tunney
Not Just a Election 
Polling Place
This building as served as a depository of election materials hours after the polls were closed on that day. I was one among many of an election judge who cabbed it to the building to deposit my materials and election results.
2020 photos - their Facebook page
orginally called
Belle Plaine Avenue School
District of Lake View
Community of Uptown
photo - Chicago History in Postcards
2016 photo below - their Facebook page

Originally Belle Plaine Avenue School, in 1901 the name was changed to Coonley after John C. Coonley (1838-1882), a Chicago businessman born near Utica, NY. In the last year of his life he served as president of the Union League Club, a Chicago institution he helped found. A front page story in the July 15, 1892 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, “Making Ready a City. Aldermen Still Preparing for World's Fair,” mentions the City Council approved a Committee on Schools recommendation to appropriate for a “school site, Leavitt and Belle Plaine avenue, $4,450.” Noted earlier in the account is, “four-room frame building, Leavitt and Belle Plaine avenue.”  The school's original wooden structure was torn down and replaced by today's brick and stone building in 1902. Additions to the school were built in 1906 and 1957. In 1970, low-pressure steam boilers were installed to replace high-pressure, hand-fired coal boilers that heated the school since 1924. A comprehensive renovation of the school building and grounds was completed in 2008-2009 with $3.75 million provided by Chicago Public Schools and the Federal government. - website

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 
zoomed below
zoomed below
1907 photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Growing Pains 
in 2014
photo - Public Building Commission
Public Buidling Commission
of Chicago 2014 photos below
District of Lake View
Community of Uptown
photos -  Chicago Historical School 
via Bill Latoza

[Chicago Board of Education’s architect was Dwight H. Perkins]

[Dwight] Perkins had been associated with the firm of Burnham and Root during the construction of the World’s Columbian Exposition. He also designed the Steinway Building in the Loop and set up offices there. This became a gathering place for what was to become the Chicago Architectural Club. This group articulated what was to become modern American architecture in the twentieth century. As chief architect for the Chicago schools, Perkins and his associates presented planning innovations and designs that were incorporated into the schools that were built between 1907 and 1910. Trumbull School is one of those. Trumbull was constructed in 1908 and the cornerstone laid, but the building did not open for students until 1909. The school was named for Lyman Trumbull, a Senator and statesman from Illinois who served the people of Illinois in various capacities from 1840 until 1873. In the period of the Civil War he was associated with Abraham Lincoln and campaigned for him. Later, as a Senator and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he introduced the resolution that was to become the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery. He became a public figure again in 1894 when he spoke out against the privileges of the rich and the exploitation of the poor. 
The Architecture
The school building is distinctive because of the strong massing of it design. The fa├žade facing Foster Avenue shows this in the massive column shapes on either side of the entrance. The recessed entrance and vertical windows above are crossed by the massive entablature at the roof line. The massing and vertical design is contrasted by the bands of light and dark brick which alternate on the sides of the building above the single colored brick base. The building shows the influence of the Prairie School of design and it is interesting to note that Dwight Perkins was related to Marion Mahoney, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright. Trumbull’s internal structure is designed around a central core – its auditorium. While a beautiful geometric pattern presently adorns the three story ceiling, the original design incorporated a glass paneled dome to allow for natural light in both the auditorium and third and fourth floor classrooms. This was altered in the 1950s when maintenance became an issue. The interior renovation of the school began in 2001. The exterior renovation of the school began in 2003 under the direction of Principal Robert Wilkin. The school has been prepared to complete its 100th year and begin its second century. - Edgewater Historical Society
1928 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
zoomed below
zoomed even further
photos - Friends of Trumbell/Facebook
Residents Fight Back
Landmark Status Issue
Graeme Stewart
Elementary School
District of Lake View
Community of Uptown

'The need for more school space surpassed the growing objectives of social reform. Thus, [the architect Dwight] Perkins’s first prototype of 1905 was relatively simple and echoed the form of schools that had come before. It was not until 1906 that Perkins had the freedom to “revise the typical school house plan” and to introduce the elements of social reform that he and others newly appointed to the school board desired. A second prototype school design was also drawn in 1905, but schools in this second set of were not built until 1906, and were consequently given greater freedom of design. Perkins also experimented with overhanging, tiled, hipped roofs; the only school board architect to do so. Inside, Perkins’s second prototype  significantly revised and improved on his previous plans, while also making space for technological innovations, equipment and rooms for manual trades, and a larger auditorium wing. Building systems were also improved with regard to heating, lighting, and ventilation.' - Landmark Distinction Report

'The former Graeme Stewart Elementary is now a luxury apartment building. Recently opened for occupancy, it features 64 rental units carved from old classrooms, halls and auditoriums. The apartments range from studios to three-bedroom layouts, with ceilings up to 20 feet in height, and blend original details like brick walls, hardwood flooring, vintage doors and chalkboards with high-end modern finishes. This project by developer Morningside and renovation architect Pappageorge Haymes Partners marks a successful adaptive reuse of one of the 50 Chicago Public Schools shuttered in 2013, many of which still await re-purposing. Dwight Perkins designed the school in 1905 in the Arts & Crafts style, and it has recently been granted Chicago Landmark status.' - Open House Chicago

Some History

a 1907 article
a 1917 article
a 1949 article
a 2018 article
old floor vs the new
Day School
Community of Lake View
"The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is an independent,  Jewish day school that combines the best of Jewish learning and traditions and the best of innovative educational practices in a rigorous and nurturing learning environment. Dedicated educators partner with Jewish families to fulfill the goal of raising children to be their best selves and good citizens of their communities." 
School Plan in 1965
The below 1965 photo highlights the former Chateau Theater to the left of the photo & former space of the Bismarck Gardens then Marigold Arena with liquor store with in front of it behind 
the seated audience to the right of photo
photo/text - East Lake View by Matthew Nickerson
Plan to Expand 
in 2019
aerial view east from Broadway
without annex
aerial view northeast from Broadway below
with annex
 images via 46th Chicago ward office

2022 Google Earth View
of the Temple & School
Some Private & 
Schools of Lake View:
Community of Lake View
within an historical district location
This school is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

Founded in 1981, the Chicago City Day School is an independent, coeducational, urban elementary school serving children in junior kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sees as its mission the preparation of students intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and aesthetically to participate in a changing and increasingly complex society.

Lake View Learning Center
was part of the 
City of Chicago Colleges
Community of Lake View
3310 N Clark Street
 2018 photos - Garry Albrecht

The Center’s roots trace to 1972, when it was known as Universidad Popular, a groundbreaking educational program that predated a relationship with CCC, and offered multi-level English instruction, along with assistance in immigration law, local politics and tenants’ rights for its largely Latino student body. At the same time, the move for revenue will carry its own cost, some students say. “I’m 21 and from Mexico. I’ve been studying here for two and a half years. This school changed my life. It’s a gift. You can’t put a price on this gift,” student said in a release. Classes after the fall semester next year will be moved to Truman College. The union also claims the Center was gifted to City Colleges on the condition that it must be used as an educational outlet. Bennett Lawson, Chief of Staff for Ald. Tunney, told Chicagoist [aa online news source] that he had no knowledge of such a stipulation.

its replacement
  The Southern School
1500 W Montrose Avenue
Community of Lake View
an apparent independent school;
a school that was dedicated to 'special needs' students
former space of Ravenswood Library Hall
that was once a township library
Community of Lake View
2850 N Lincoln Avenue
Community of Lake View

Post Notes:
I mention this section to highlight the school books that may have been used by the children of Old Lake View 
 Swinton's Primary - 1879
This is an elementary lesson book published eight years after the Chicago Fire of 1871. Old Lake View was a township in Cook County. The continent of Africa was not colonized yet by the Europeans. Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah were territories of the United States and Oklahoma belong to the Native Americans.
 I bought this book from Ebay. I have more!
I begin with the Central States
 The map accompanied with the text below
 Sample of some of the lessons: 2 pages
The most dominate culture at the time 
in the City of Chicago was European so more pages 
in this book were devoted to Europe
with a special attention to Central Europe aka Germany
I was more than interest
 in how the publisher dealt with Africa
before the European powers divided up the continent 

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