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G.W. Childs Elementary School

G.W. Childs Elementary School

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Jeremiah Nichols School
Jeremiah Nichols School, May 2010
Location 1599 Wharton St.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°56′06″N 75°10′13″W / 39.9349°N 75.1704°W / 39.9349; -75.1704Coordinates: 39°56′06″N 75°10′13″W / 39.9349°N 75.1704°W / 39.9349; -75.1704
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1908
Architect Henry deCourcy Richards, Irwin T. Catharine
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Art Deco
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference # 88002241[1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

G.W. Childs Elementary School, formerly the Jeremiah Nichols School and Norris S. Barratt Junior High School, is a historic elementary school located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is part of the School District of Philadelphia.

The current school building was built in stages. The first building was designed by Henry deCourcy Richards in 1908. An expansion was built in 1926–1927 and was designed by Irwin T. Catharine. The Richards building is a three-story, three bay, brick building on a raised basement in the Late Gothic Revival-style. The Catharine building is a four-story, seven bay, brick building on a raised basement in the Art Deco-style.[2]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1] In 2010, the previous Childs school was closed, and students were moved to the current location.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Jeremiah Nichols School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  3. ^ Jacobson, Charlotte; Leppo, Skye (December 11, 2013). "Point Breeze: G.W. Childs Elementary School Adjusts to Series of Transitions". Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Temple University Department of Journalism. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 

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