Carl Schurz High School
3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm
Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm
Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible
Dwight H. Perkins, 1910
Among the many Prairie Style masterpieces in the Chicago area, the dramatic Schurz High School is a rare standout. As the Prairie Style is usually found in suburban residences, it is rare to see it applied to large institutional structures. Dwight Perkins--a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement--was the chief architect for the Chicago Board of Education and designed a number of public school buildings. This eye-catching orange and brown behemoth features intricate two-tone brickwork and a severely-angled overhanging gabled roof--a nod to the East Asian influences on Prairie Style designs. The school's outstanding interior spaces include an exquisite and soaring domed library with murals created by the architect’s wife Lucy Perkins. A later auditorium addition features an unaltered 1936 Möller organ.
Get a rare chance to visit the library and auditorium--typically only open to students.
Part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre trail.