Crow Island School

Crow Island School is an elementary school in Winnetka, Illinois. Several architects worked together to design the building. Eero Saarinen worked with the architectural firm of Perkins, Wheeler and Will.[3] The building was finished in 1940. It is different from many other schools because of its design and its ideas about education. Now, kindergarten through fourth grade students go to this school.[4]

Crow Island School
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Crow Island School is located in Illinois
Crow Island School
Crow Island School is located in the United States
Crow Island School
Location1112 Willow Road
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Coordinates42°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
ArchitectSaarinen, Eliel & Eero; Perkins, Wheeler & Will
Architectural styleInternational Style
NRHP reference No.89001730
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 27, 1989[1]
Designated NHLDecember 14, 1990[2]

The first jungle gym is here. It used to be at the Horace Mann School, but that school building was taken down in 1940. People who ran the school moved this special playground equipment to the Crow Island School then.[5][6]

The building won the Twenty-five Year Award in 1971.[7] The school was named a National Historic Landmark in 1990.[2]


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Crow Island School". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  3. Archived 2008-01-17 at the Wayback Machine Oral History interview regarding design of school
  4. "School website". Archived from the original on 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  5. "J" is for Jungle Gym from Winnetka, Illinois Historical Society
  6. "Crow Island School history". Archived from the original on 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  7. The American Institute of Architects. Twenty Five Year Recipients. Retrieved April 20 2011.

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