Stewart Elementary School

Cincinnati, Ohio

The one-story structure draws upon early Stewart School architecture with the careful design of the main entry as “little red schoolhouse.” The design promotes a historical link to the nearby early-20th-century, off-site elementary school building with its sloped roofs and masonry exterior.

A loop design organizes the school into independent learning communities. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY420COST PER SQ FT$157.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio classrooms are paired around small-group instruction rooms used for special education, speech and special testing. The functional layout creates a central outdoor learning garden.

The common areas are organized away from the quieter academic areas. This layout and separation of spaces minimizes classroom distractions and allows the school to secure the academic portion of the building.

Additionally, the design maximizes space flexibility. The community room near the main entrance was designed for large-group instruction and community use. The centrally situated cafetorium with stage has direct access to a large music studio and is adjacent to the gymnasium. A movable wall separates the cafetorium and gymnasium. By opening up this wall, the school can accommodate large school assemblies and concerts.