The Crow Island School is an elementary school building designed by¬† Eero Saarinen. It located in Winnetka, Illinois and constructed in 1939. The construction finished in 1940. It built to embody the educational philosophy of Charleton Washburne, and has a good design to support that. It has child-scale furniture, rade level zoning, self-contained classrooms, classroom access to the outside–in short, flexible spaces and also the child-centered school.

Each classroom has a form of L-shaped and also large sections of glass to admit light into all the rooms and the hallways. It makes young people feels more intimate, homelike atmosphere and they also experience an expansive sense of freedom. In additional, each classroom also has its own small courtyard of flagstone, walks and shrubs to makes a sense of spaciousness. Everything is scaled to children’s needs, from the height of door handles and blackboards, to the size of benches under the windows to fit the child. In 1990, the building declared as a National Historic Landmark.

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