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The Assumption School was a Catholic elementary school in Chicago, Illinois from 1899 to 1945. Located at 317 West Erie Street (41°53′37.5″N 87°38′11.5″W / 41.89375°N 87.636528°W / 41.89375; -87.636528Coordinates: 41°53′37.5″N 87°38′11.5″W / 41.89375°N 87.636528°W / 41.89375; -87.636528), it was founded by Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American to be made a Catholic saint. The school originally served Chicago's Near North Side Italian American immigrant community[1] and charged no tuition.[2]

The school building, noted for its intricate brick and stonework and copper cornice, was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Frederick Foltz (1843-1916).[1]

After the final class graduated in 1945, the structure was mainly used for commercial purposes, and for a time it fell into disrepair. On July 10, 2003, the Chicago City Council named the building a Chicago Landmark due to its historical and architectural significance.[1] According to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, "Assumption School stands as a fine example of a late nineteenth century urban school building, and its legacy is a testament to the work Mother Cabrini accomplished.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Assumption School Building. City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division (2003). Retrieved on June 26, 2007.
  2. ^ Cav. Anthony Lascio. "Chicago's First Italian Church. Pointers in Person. April 22, 2003. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
  3. ^ "Assumption School Designated a Chicago Landmark. City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division (2003). Retrieved on October 24, 2009.


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