Crow Island School

1112 Willow Rd., Winnetka, Illinois



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. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 14, 1990

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 27, 1989
Reference number
Architectural style
Modern Movement: International Style
Areas of significance
Architecture; Education
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1940; 1955