Crow Island School

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Crow Island School
Crow Island School.jpg
Crow Island School is located in Illinois
Crow Island School
Location 1112 Willow Road
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Coordinates 42°6′2″N 87°44′45″W / 42.10056°N 87.74583°W / 42.10056; -87.74583Coordinates: 42°6′2″N 87°44′45″W / 42.10056°N 87.74583°W / 42.10056; -87.74583
Built 1940
Architect Saarinen,Eliel & Eero; Perkins,Wheeler & Will
Architectural style International Style
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 89001730
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 27, 1989[1]
Designated NHL December 14, 1990[2]

Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois, is an elementary school significant for its progressive philosophy and its architecture. The design of its building was a collaboration between the Chicago firm of Perkins, Wheeler and Will and Eero Saarinen.[3] It currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade students.[4]

The school was established in 1940-41.[5]

The original jungle gym is located here, having been moved from Horace Mann School in 1940.[6][7]

The school was awarded the Twenty-five Year Award by the American Institute of Architects in 1971.[8]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990.[2][9]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Crow Island School". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  3. ^ Oral History interview regarding design of school.
  4. ^ School website
  5. ^ School history website. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  6. ^ "J" is for Jungle Gym from Winnetka, Illinois Historical Society
  7. ^ Crow Island School history
  8. ^ The American Institute of Architects. Twenty Five Year Recipients. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Janice E. Tubergen (July 15, 1989). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Crow Island School" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 16 photos, exterior and interior, from 1989. PDF (5.19 MB)

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