Crow Island School
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Architect Eliel Saarinen
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Location Winnetka, Illinois   map
Date 1939 to 1940   timeline
Building Type school
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Modern
Notes A simple free composition of rectilinear forms. A powerful influence on the following generation of school design in the US.


Photo, exterior, main entry.

Photo, exterior, close-up of secondary facade


Plan Drawing

Discussion Crow Island School Commentary

"After studying the teaching method, the architects designed the model classroom...The site plan shows how the building was developed from this relatively self-sufficient unit. Different age-groups are in separate wings, each with its outdoor play area. Offices and library are at the center, with playroom and auditorium. Details are heavy, but the general scale is pleasant."

— from Elizabeth Mock, ed. Built in the USA Since 1932. p74.


American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 1971

Sources on Crow Island School

Albert Chirst-Janer. Eliel Saarinen. Chicago: The University Chicago Press, 1948. With foreword by Alvar Aalto. Main floor plan, p93.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection, AJ1352 to AJ1355.

Elizabeth Mock, ed. Built in the USA Since 1932. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1945. LC 68-57299. NA712.N45 1968. discussion p74.

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 2. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f 260, p 323. — An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Crow Island School


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