York High School

Elmhurst, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Wight & Company


    Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205

  • AREA

    620,000 sq.ft.





Common spaces in this 600,000-square-foot high school are designed to serve several basic goals:

•Foster a feeling of permanence and history associated with the 80-year-old school.

•Provide visual relief and orientation within long corridor spaces.

•Give a sense of cohesiveness between diverse parts of the complex.

•Promote public recognition of excellent ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$153.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas work in many fields of endeavor.

The keystone space of the school is the student commons, enclosing two historic facades into an interior courtyard. With the outdoor feel of the original courtyard, the commons is at the crossroads of the school, connecting the cafeteria, student services, media center and both the academic and athletics/physical-education wings.

The burnished masonry in the commons is expressed throughout the corridors and stairways, in both new and renovated areas. Together with pier/kiosks, tackable walls and display cases, and finish materials and patterns, consistent motifs connect all areas of the complex. These same elements, as well as historical relics and symbols, serve to punctuate and modulate some otherwise long passageways and vistas.