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215 N WEBSTER AVE

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NAMES
Historic Name:Whitney School
Reference Number:100001519
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):215 N WEBSTER AVE
County:Brown
City/Village:Green Bay
Township:
SUMMARY
Whitney School
215 North Webster Avenue, Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin
Architect: Foeller and Schober
Date of Construction: 1918

Whitney School was built in 1918 by the Green Bay architectural firm Foeller and Schober, who built many schools throughout northeastern Wisconsin during the early twentieth century. The building replaced an earlier school of the same name on the site. Named after Daniel Whitney, a pioneer who founded the village of Navarino (later Green Bay) during the 1830s, the Whitney School stands on land once owned by him.

Rising three stories in height, the Neo-classical Revival style building is built of load-bearing brick. Limestone accents adorn the façade, perhaps most notably panels on the cornice on the façade and side elevations, each of which portray two youth flanking a book surmounted by an owl. The building is T-shaped, with a rectangular “classroom block” and an ell which contained space for the lunchroom (on the first floor) and the auditorium above.

The school also retains notable interior features, including terrazzo lined tile corridors and entrance halls and splendid marble drinking fountain walls surmounted by inspirational plaster panels on all floors. Whitney School is one of only three schools to survive from a building boom of public school buildings in Green Bay in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Its design and organization represents trends in graded education at the time, and through its plan, design and form – which survives relatively unaltered – expresses that history well.

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PROPERTY FEATURES
Period of Significance:1918-1966
Area of Significance:Education
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Education: School
Architectural Style:Classical Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Foeller and Schober
DESIGNATIONS
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:08/28/2017
State Register Listing Date:05/19/2017
NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
RECORD LOCATION
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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