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Oakton Elementary

Oakton Elementary School was designed by Chicago architect and urban planner Dwight H. Perkins, the school opened its doors on Sept. 14, 1914, with 100 students attending the school. Today close to 400 students are enrolled. Mr. Perkins was part of a group of progressive Chicago architects known as the Chicago School or the Prairie School. He improved school design with wider hallways and stairwells and maximizing the amount of natural light in classrooms.

Walking along the hallways of Oakton Elementary  one sees original woodwork, tile inlays and murals,some of which were created by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. There is a sense of pride in this  K-5 building, its historic architecture, its artwork and its dedicated school community. 

Some of the murals were restored back to their original form back in 2007. (Evanston Round Table )