Roberts Vaux Junior High School

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The Promise Academy at Roberts Vaux High School
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Roberts Vaux High School, August 2010
Roberts Vaux Junior High School is located in Philadelphia
Roberts Vaux Junior High School
Roberts Vaux Junior High School is located in Pennsylvania
Roberts Vaux Junior High School
Roberts Vaux Junior High School is located in the US
Roberts Vaux Junior High School
Location 230-2344 W. Master St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°58′34″N 75°10′29″W / 39.97611°N 75.17472°W / 39.97611; -75.17472Coordinates: 39°58′34″N 75°10′29″W / 39.97611°N 75.17472°W / 39.97611; -75.17472
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1936-1938
Architect Catharine, Irwin T.
Architectural style Moderne, Art Deco
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 88002332[1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

The Promise Academy at Roberts Vaux High School (commonly referred to as 'Roberts Vaux Promise Academy) is a historic high school school building located in the North Central neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1936-1938.[2] It is a four-story, 23 bay, "U"-shaped yellow brick building in a Moderne / Art Deco-style. It features projecting end pavilions, terra cotta decorative work, and a two-story stone Tudor-arched entryway.[3] It was named for American jurist, abolitionist, and philanthropist Roberts Vaux (1786-1836).

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

The school was closed in 2013 as part of Philadelphia's shutdown of 23 district-run schools.[4] Displaced students were enrolled in Strawberry Mansion High School and Benjamin Franklin High School.[5]

Vaux, now operated by Big Picture Philadelphia, will reopen in 2017.[6]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Roberts Vaux Home Page". 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Roberts Vaux Junior High School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  4. ^ Matheson, Kathy (March 7, 2013). "4 PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS SAVED, 23 CLOSING AFTER SRC VOTE". Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Roberts Vaux High School Promise Academy". Great Schools Philly. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "High School Directory Fall 2017 Admissions" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. p. 66/70. Retrieved on November 16, 2016.