Haven School

Chicago’s Haven Elementary School was located at 1472 South Wabash Avenue.  I often drove by the school in the early 1970s, when few people lived in the South Loop, and wondered how a neighborhood school could continue operating in that particular neighborhood.  It couldn’t—I took the picture in 1973, and Haven closed in 1974.

Haven School was named for early school board president Luther Haven.  The first school was built on the site in 1862.  Within twenty years it proved to be too small, and was replaced in 1885 by a new Haven, the building in the photo.  Today Coliseum Park occupies the property at the southwest corner of Wabash Avenue and 14th Place.

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1 Response to “Haven School”


  1. 1 Bob Mayhugh July 22, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Lived in the loop where the federal building is today, and walked to school here in the seventh and eighth grades about ’57 and ’58. There were still a lot of people living in or near the school at the time, the Coliseum still stood across Wabash from the school, and there was even another residential hotel at Wabash and Van Buren (The Lorraine, I believe) that furnished a small handful of students. Even at that late date, the desks in some classrooms were still bolted to the floor, and it sometimes seemed to be where CPS sent teachers who they wanted to convince to take retirement. To make for a further distraction, right behind the school was where the south side L exited the State Street Subway and for this fan, it was more interesting than Art or Home Economics (yes 8th-grade boys were taught to cook back then).


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