Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northwest

Schurz High School

architect

Dwight H. Perkins

location

3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

date

1910

style

Prairie school

construction

Brick

type

Education
   
 
 
The siting of this structure on an eight-acre tract of land, as well as its forceful brick facade, make it the acknowledged masterpiece of architect Dwight Perkins, who designed several school buildings while architect for the Chicago Board of Education (1905-10). Schurz High School also represents a significant amalgamation of two important architectural styles. The strong vertical piers are characteristic of the Chicago school , while the overhanging roof, detailed brickwork, and strong geometric forms are elements identified with Prairie school architecture. A recent (1995) award-winning exterior rehabilitation and cleaning has restored the building's clay tile roof and revealed its original two-color brick scheme. The school is named in honor of the German-born American journalist and political leader, Carl Schurz. (The studio of Perkins' architecture firm, at 814 N. Michigan Ave., is also a designated Chicago Landmark.)

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
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