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Washington School Evanston, Illinois

Washington School was opened in February 1901. It cost $35,000. Until 1928, Frederick Nichols, superintendent of District 76, headed Washington School. During the Depression, District 76 teachers were paid in time checks carrying interest and the schools were kept open. Two addition were built in 1935 and 1953 due to increased enrollment.

The government records show that several pieces of art were sponsored by Washington School.


“Rabbit and Girl” by I. Iver Rose: 23″ x 29″ – an oil painting in a plain wood frame.

Current status – missing, possibly stolen


“Bleak Farm” by Raymond Breinan: 18.5″ x 27″ – a water color painting in a natural wood frame.

Current status – missing, possibly stolen

“The Organ Grinder” by Gregory Orloff: 22.5″ x 16.5″ – a water color painting in a wood frame (the original frame was gilt on wood).


7 wood panel sculptures originally installed in the hallway by Peterpaul Ott.

Current status: only 3 of the panels are still in Washington School – 4 panels are missing

 


 

There is also another piece of non-WPA art hanging in the hallways of Washington School. It is an oil on canvas painting of George Washington receiving the first US flag from Betsy Ross, painted in 1950 by Walter Haskell Hinton.