Thomas Alva Edison
1936 - 1991
These images are courtesy of Mary Zelencik,
historian for Edison School in Hammond.
The Stone Workers
The decorative terra cotta
tiles at Edison School in Hammond, silently contributed to the learning culture
for the students and teachers.
Skilled craftsmen made each of the tiles by hand as seen in the pictures below. Courtesy of the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
Workers at the American Terra
Cotta company hand pack the clay into each and every mold to produce the terra
that will be installed on Edison School. It was hard, skilled work requiring patience and technique.
From drawing, idea, to final product.
See this Prairie School artwork (1912) by Louis Sullivan installed at National Farmer's Bank, Owatonna, Minnesota.
If the students at Edison
School graduated with knowledge, prepared to face the world as productive
citizens, it would have to be due, in part, to the fact that we attended a
Prairie School with links to Louis Sullivan, George Grant
Elmslie and others, a beautifully designed school by people who believed in
improving our society and students through the arts, athletics, and education.
It was a special place and a special moment in time.
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