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After Failed Condo Development Plans, Trumbull To Become Waldorf School’s New Home

Photo: Chicago Waldorf School

After the failed housing development plans for the vacant Trumbull Elementary School building on the NW corner of Ashland and Foster in Andersonville, it has been announced it will become the new home of the Chicago Waldorf School.

The property will continue on as a private non-charter school to handle the business’ growing population. The Chicago Waldorf School, which has had its campus in Rogers Park for the past 23 years, is a specialized learning institution for children K-12. According to a press release put out by the school; their new home will foster opportunities to lay roots for future growth in a community that shares school values and a facility that provides extra green space, with room to expand school programming and the student body.

“Over the last 43 years the Chicago Waldorf School has grown into a flagship Waldorf School in North America and leading independent school in Chicago, all while never owning a permanent home,” said Chicago Waldorf School Administrative Director Luke Goodwin. “We have travelled throughout the city to various homes, out-growing each in time as our school has developed into the vibrant institution it is today. Today that journey has ended.”

The change in plans for Trumbull’s future comes after a failed attempt by Svigos Development to turn the property into a community theatre and housing development. After Timeline Theatre backed out of a deal with the company in October of 2016, Svigos realized the limitations of the vision they had for the building.

“While we were excited about the development opportunities Svigos was planning, myself along with a large number of neighbors are pleased that the former Trumbull School building will remain an educational facility,” said Alderman Patrick O’Connor in a statement. “I wish Svigos the very best in finding their next project.”

According to Alderman O’Connor, the Waldorf School plans to landmark both the interior and the exterior of the building to keep the historic integrity of the building. Constructed in 1908, opening in 1909, Trumbull school was a direct result for the need of public educational building during a period of rapid population growth. In keeping with the theme of an era of progress, the Chicago Board of Education enlisted one of Chicago’s most respected visionary architects, Dwight H. Perkins. He was an icon of the Prairie School who was also the architect of Lane Technical College Prep High School, and Lincoln Park’s famous Lion House and Cafe Brauer.

The Waldorf School is awaiting the approval of the Committee on Zoning and the City Council for Trumbull to be reverted  to its original classification. They are proposing that construction will begin in June and end in August so that they may officially open their doors to students for the Fall of this year.

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