Just a couple of weeks ago, I came across these drawings for two unbuilt 1929 designs by John Van Bergen. The artist for both was his draftsman at the time, Charles Masterson.
They are both for Chicago Junior School in Elgin, Illinois, which recently closed its doors. Neither structure was ever built.
The first is the design for a girls dormitory.
But girls were not to begin attending the school until many years later. Only the main building was built starting in 1929, and no other projects were begun, because of the ensuing Great Depression, and then World War Two.
Van Bergen also came up with this design to dress up the abandoned silo – calling it a “water tower” – which stood (and still stands) in the center of the campus:
Here are some other recently found items relating to Chicago Junior School: