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Washington Grade and Orthopedic School

John Flad, Architect

 

1939

 
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By William J. Toman
1. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School Marker
Inscription. The Washington School is significant as a Public Works Administration-funded school in the Art Moderne style by architect John Flad. Constructed of red brick with cast stone banding, the building has unornamented wall planes, curved corners and horizontal design elements, features which define the Art Moderne style. The building is significant for embodying progressive educational ideals and included a gymnasium, library, and science, art and music rooms. The orthopedic wing of the school served physically handicapped children and provided physical therapy treatment rooms.

Designated March 30, 1999
 
Erected 2012 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 140.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.242′ N, 89° 23.661′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of West Dayton Street and North Bedford Street, on the right when traveling east on West Dayton Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 545 West Dayton Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wiedenbeck-Dobelin Warehouse (about
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By William J. Toman, February 26, 2012
2. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School Marker
The marker is near the northeast corner of the building, which is one of the "curved corners" mentioned in the marker. This is the view looking west down West Dayton Street.
600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milwaukee Road Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grimm Book Bindery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Luther Memorial Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Doris Farmhouse (approx. mile away); James and Bridget Casserly House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Derrick C. Bush House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Temperance Movement Battled Madison's Breweries (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Washington Grade and Orthopedic School. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This building was funded by the federal Public Works Administration during the Great Depression, and is a significant example of the Art Moderne style applied to an academic building. Rounded corners, concrete banding at the sill line, and a concrete water table produce the streamlined effect. Decorative metal window grilles with stylized chevrons and feather-like verticals complete the Art-Moderne design. This school replaced three older, smaller schools in the area, and specialized in
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By William J. Toman, February 26, 2012
3. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School Marker
This is another view of the northeast corner of the building, but featuring the North Bedford Street side.
serving children with disabilities, especially children who had been stricken with polio."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for buildings designed by John Flad.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on March 2, 2012, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Categories. Education
 
Washington Grade and Orthopedic School image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 26, 2012
4. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School
This is the main entrance to the building, which is now the Ruth Bachhuber Doyle Administration Building for the school district.
Washington Grade and Orthopedic School image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 26, 2012
5. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School
This is another view of the main entrance to the building, which is currently the Ruth Bachhuber Doyle Administration Building for the school district.
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By William J. Toman, February 26, 2012
6. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School
This is a closeup of the decorative metal window grilles the Madison Landmarks Commission says are part of the Art Moderne design. This view also shows the 1939 "cornerstone" of the building.
Washington Grade and Orthopedic School image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 26, 2012
7. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School
This is another closeup of the decorative metal window grilles with stylized chevrons and feather-like verticals that the Madison Landmarks Commission says are part of the Art Moderne design.
Washington Grade and Orthopedic School image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 26, 2012
8. Washington Grade and Orthopedic School
This is the west end of the building on North Frances Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   8. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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