Prairie Central Junior High School

Forrest, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Farnsworth Group, Inc.


    Prairie Central C.U.S.D. No. 8

  • AREA

    61,430 sq.ft.





The main entry is defined by an attractive exterior vestibule and a rooftop cupola, which serves as the focal point of the front elevation. The cupola with the school mascot—a hawk— weathervane and the slope roofs bring this building into the context of the agricultural-based community. The vestibule serves as a gathering area for student waiting for rides or enjoying ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY400COST PER SQ FT$80.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio time.

Entering through the vestibule, the media center serves as the primary focal point while the administration area is readily accessible and apparent. Interest is added to this central area by a large octagonal light well extending to the cupola above, as well as display cases placed strategically at adjacent corner walls. General-use classrooms, special-education classrooms and an administration area are located on this central core. Satellite areas off the central core include a vocational wing, a media center wing, science facilities and an event area.

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