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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Detail pics of Bennett School

These are details over the entrances. Frank I. Bennett Public School you will find over the two main doors. Of course the other signs are for the Assembly Hall and the Gynasium.

This the gargolyes that adorn the main entrances to Bennett School.

A close up of the shield near the entrance to the assembly hall. Below that picture is other shields on the side wall of the assembly. Click on the pic for a better resolution. I could've just taken a pic each of those shields on the side.

This last pic is a more recent sign. Over the years Bennett has seen its share of improvements of course looking at the names on this sign, the work was mostly done not long after a change of regime at the Chicago Public Schools.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Photos of Bennett School

I came by on two different days. One was still a school day and I didn't do as much only because there were either students being let out of Corliss on East 103rd Street or there were parents picking up students in front of Bennett. That day was cloudy, but I went back out on Veteran's and the sun was out and made for some nice pics.

Dates of note at Frank Ira Bennett School

The door to the extreme left is to the auditorium the other door to the right is the main entrance. That should take you close to the main office.

Here's the rest of the school! Below is a closeup of the main entrance.

This is the entrance to the schools gynasium.

The next two pictures are of the campus park and the plaque on Prairie Avenue. There used to be a concrete field and a field house here. In recent years however the concrete field and field house has given way to grass and a track. This campus park even has a bench.

Coming up next is some details. I cropped some pictures so that you can see how nice this school really is architecturally. The heraldry and gargolyles only remind me of what you may find at any of the Ivy League schools. You can find them at University of Chicago probably, but I though Harvard or Yale University.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Murals at Bennett

If only I can get a look at these murals that should've been restored by now!
Frank I. Bennett Elementary School
3 WPA Gustaf Dahlstrom murals, 4 WPA Grace Sponberg murals
Between 1999 - 2002 thanks to the Chicago Conservation Center!

Expect pictures to be posted from outside Bennett next week.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More pics outside of Shedd Branch and Bennett School pics coming soon

Dates for other events at Shedd this month!

BTW, I got some pictures of Bennett School, Shedd's BIG sister school. I hope that I'll have some to present in the next few days.

Also, a teacher peer out of her window on the third floor to inquire why I was taking pictures. It was an awkward convo to say the least. I had to look up and we had to literally yell at each other to be heard. Unfortunately Bennett has no website address and I never was gave the lady a way to be able to see these future pictures.

She asked if I was going to develop them and I said that these pictures were digital I can send them via e-mail. Of course it was always possible that I may have been running afoul of some unknown rule, but for right now I have no way of knowing that.