The Lincoln Elementary School renovation has won an outstanding project award from Learning by Design magazine.

It’s one of 56 construction and renovation projects at schools from elementary through college level that are featured in the spring edition of the magazine.

The publication says the Lincoln School’s project allowed for preservation and enhancement of elements of the ord building — including a stone entry arch and wall that are part of the new lobby.

The original school building is 116 years old, and additions to it over the years were not longer working well for for current users, the magazine says.

The project designers from TMP Architecture interviewed staff. students, parents and community residents to come up with the new design, which Superintendent Hardy Murphy says now “represents community values through its function, aesthetics, and architecture.”

The Lincoln School construction project, completed at the start of the current school year, provides six new learning studios, occupational therapy rooms, converted the auditorium into a multipurpose room, and provided a new kitchen and elevator as well as renovations to the library.more.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Lincoln School has no field

    While the interior design may be award winning, it is unconscionable that there is no field at this school.  There used to be a field, but after the award winning construction project the field was replaced by a large, deep and dangerous water retention ditch.  How Hardy Murphy can stand behind the ditch and call it a reflection of the neighborhood's values is equally unconscionable.  And where was the alder woman to stand up to the city and defend the children's field?

    The school itself is great, but the field is a reflection of the adults' failure to defend the needs of children.  Congratulations to the architects, but shame on District 65 and the City of Evanston.  Those kids have a beautiful learning environment that will never include baseball or tag.  Unbelievable.  

  2. Nuts

    I concur.

    How in the world did D65 administrators approve the transformation of a playing field to a retention ditch? A retention ditch!!!!! As I saw the progress of the nice addition I always assumed the field would remain. You know what happens when you assume something. 

    If I had to guess, some arcane city code required a retention ditch. Is the retention ditch even safe for the kids?


  3. Are the commenters arguing

    Are the commenters arguing that the retention ditch is unnecessary? Or are we to assume they'd rather have water flooding the building? Or perhpans you could use the water in the building for swin class.

    In life there are tradeoffs. The community demanded, begged and pleaded for the expansion and modernization of the school. Congratulations, you got it and it's beautiful. If you'd rather have the playing field, perhaps the new wing can be torn down and restored to a bucolic, green field. Stop your whining. Make your choice. And most of all, grow up.

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