Mount Greenwood Elementary School – Chicago IL

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Description

A Public Works Administration grant helped fund the construction of Mount Greenwood Elementary School at 108th Street and South Homan Avenue in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood. The new school was designed by Board of Education architect John Charles Christensen. The two-story, brick structure included fifteen classrooms, a gymnasium, and an assembly hall. The architectural style of the building, characterized by a low horizontal profile, wide window openings, and geometric brickwork patterns, is similar to that of many other neighborhood schools designed by Christensen during the 1930s. Construction work on the new school began in March 1936 and was completed in the spring of 1937. Three additions to the original structure were completed in 1949, 2011, and 2019.

Source notes

Bauer Latoza Studio. (n.d.) “Chicago Public School Buildings, Pre-1940 Context Statement.” https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Historic_Preservation/Publications/CPS_Bldgs_Pre_1940_Context_Statement.pdf

Chicago Board of Education. Annual Reports. Chicago, IL: Chicago Board of Education, 1937-38.

Chicago Building Permits Digital Collection 1872-1954. University of Illinois-Chicago Library. https://researchguides.uic.edu/CBP

Chicago Public Schools. Facility Assessment Report: Mount Greenwood Elementary School. Last modified 7 October 2020. https://schoolreports.cps.edu/Assessment_PDF_Detail_2019/FAD_MOUNT%20GREENWOOD_610082.pdf

Wilson, Edward. “Public Schools of South Side Open Tomorrow.” Chicago Sunday Tribune, 13 September 1936, SW edition, 3:2.

Project originally submitted by Scott Newman on December 3, 2021.

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Location Info


10841 South Homan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60655

Coordinates: 41.69581, -87.705385

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