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Crow Island School

Winnetka, Illinois
County of Cook.
1112 Willow Road
National Register Number: 89001730
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: IL 10 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: school.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
Constructed in 1940, Crow Island School was the model for the revolutionaly Winnetka Plan, features of which are now familiar to most adult Americans. Built to embody the educational philosophy of Charleton Washburne, Winnetka's city school superintendent (1919-1943), the design incorporated progressive concepts: grade level zoning, child-scale furniture, self-contained classrooms, flexible spaces, classroom access to the outside--in short, the child-centered school. This approach gained broad public acceptance in large measure due to the reputations of its architects, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and the architectural firm of Perkins, Wheeler, and Will, which spread the design nationwide through its many commissions.

Presently, there are no threats to the NHL.

There are no changes since the last reporting period (2004)

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