Sunshine School for Crippled Children
This school was originally built for children with physical disabilities. It later became a continuation high school, and currently houses the SFUSD Cal-SAFE program, the Hilltop School, and various community agencies. At the time of its construction, it housed 18 classrooms, a courtyard and a therapeutic bathing pool. It was situated near Buena Vista Elementary School, which was also designed for children with various health ailments. The first floor of the building was devoted to crippled children and provided facilities for their education and care. The patio provided a play area in which they could move about freely in their wheelchairs or play various sports activities. The second floor served undernourished children and children with heart problems. The entire building was built from reinforced concrete, is fireproof, and was designed to be earthquake safe. “The entire building is constructed of reinforced concrete, is fireproof throughout, and is designed to resist both major and minor earthquake disturbances. A considerable use is made of decorative tile which greatly adds to the color and reflection of light. Everything possible has been done to create the most cheerful possible atmosphere in order to encourage the children to forget as far as possible their disabilities. Each dining room is provided with a small stage on the side opposite the doors opening onto the patio. There is a corrective gymnasium on each floor and, in addition to the classrooms on the first floor, there are rooms for manual training, art, music, and domestic science, and a small library…The project was completed in September 1937 at a construction cost of $268,987 and a project cost of $287,713.” –Short and Brown, pp. 185-187. The interior plan of the school was recommended by a special committee of physicians and educators and was approved by the San Francisco Board of Education. The building has recently been restored through extensive renovations.
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National Archives and Records Administration, Box 386, Reel 4604-4605 Short, C. W. (Charles Wilkins). Stanley-Brown, R. (Rudolph). Public Buildings : a Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration. Washington, D.C. : Public Works Administration : U.S. G.P.O., 1939. The Architect and Engineer. November 1938.