Chicago Landmarks

Sexton School

Street Elevation, by Abby Sadin/Barbara Karant, 1980     Address: 160 W. Wendell St.
Year Built: 1882
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: June 7, 1978

Entrance Detail, by Abby Sadin/Barbara Karant, 1980 This is one of the city's oldest surviving school buildings and one of its earliest high schools, built to serve the North Side of Chicago. Italianate in design, it features the classical details, bracketed cornice, and elaborate pediment often associated with that style. After its conversion in 1902 to an elementary school, it was renamed for James A. Sexton, a manufacturer who also served five years as postmaster of Chicago.