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Oakton Elementary School

New Deal/WPA Art in Oakton Elementary School 436 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois

Oakton School is home to many New Deal and W.P.A. artworks. Due to damage caused by water leaking from the roof in the auditorium, the Scheffler murals have extensive damage. On November 25, 2003, the Illinois Legislature passed Public Act 93-0587 which provides funding to restore and repair the Charlemagne murals. However, to this date, release of these funds is pending from the Illinois Bureau of the Budget.

 

Location
Artist
Title
Date
Medium
Size
Auditorium
Carl Scheffler and Ethel Spears
“Charlemagne”
no date
fresco
4 large murals, 8 lunettes
Corridor
Alfred Lenzi
“Animals”
1937
pinewood bas relief
25″ x 120″ x 2-1/2″
Corridor
Alfred Lenzi
“Wild Animals”
1937
pinewood bas relief
2′ x 10′ x 2″
Corridor
Alfred Lenzi
“Farm Animals”
1937
pinewood bas relief
3′ x 8′ x 2″
Exterior – South Lawn
Louise Carolyn Pain
“Sundial”
(the ceramic dial with the zodiac tiles is missing) 

1936
48″ x 18″ x 18″
carved stone sundial
Exterior – South Lawn
Curt Dewes
“Boy and Fish”
(missing) 

1936
22″ x 24″ x 12″
cast stone fountain group
location unknown
Zsissly
“Still Life- Fruit and Flowers”
no date
unknown
oil painting in gilt carved wood frame
South Hallway
Museum Extension Project, WPA – Illinois
“First Chicago Railroad (Galena & Chicago Union R.R.)”
no date
6′ x 4′ x 5′
Diorama
Corridor
Elling Tronnes
“Andy”
1941
2′ x 3′
oil on canvas painting, framed