Get inside this closed elementary school awaiting transformation into a business & technology incubator. One of 50 schools shuttered in 2013, Anthony Overton Elementary, designed by Perkins + Will, opened in 1963 as a modern facility with three wings linked by striking glass-walled skywalks. The school's namesake was a prominent banker and businessman in Bronzeville, the first African American to lead a major business conglomerate. The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
Tour this shuttered school that will be repurposed as a business incubator and office space, but is already functioning as a hub of community and cultural activity.
OHC Teen Ambassadors at Overton Business & Technology Incubator
Hear the Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Ambassadors interpret Bronzeville’s historic buildings for the public.
Sat, Oct 19: 10am-2pm
The 2019 Teen Ambassadors spent eight days studying Bronzeville, exploring its rich history through visits to significant architectural sites, interviews with local residents and archival research. Upon completing their field research, the Ambassadors worked in small groups to create a series of short audio podcasts about three sites: the Forum, First Church of Deliverance and Overton Elementary School.
The Chicago Architecture Center’s OHC Teen Ambassadors program encourage high school students to investigate architecture through the lens of local history and culture.