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Joseph C. Ferguson School
Joseph C. Ferguson School, August 2010
Location 2000 N. 7th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°58′55″N 75°08′47″W / 39.9820°N 75.1463°W / 39.9820; -75.1463Coordinates: 39°58′55″N 75°08′47″W / 39.9820°N 75.1463°W / 39.9820; -75.1463
Area 2.5 acres (1.0 ha)
Built 1921–1922
Architect Irwin T. Catharine
Architectural style Colonial Revival
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference # 88002270[1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

Joseph C. Ferguson School is a historic school building located in the Templetown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1921-1922. It is a three-story, nine bay, "U"-shaped, brick building on a raised basement in the Colonial Revival-style. It features large stone arches, a double stone cornice, and brick parapet.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

The building is currently the home The U School, an innovative high school in the School District of Philadelphia.[3] The U School and Building 21, two schools with a non-selective lottery-based admissions process, opened at the Ferguson building during the 2014–2015 school year. Building 21 relocated after three academic years, and The U Scuool remains. [4]


  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: Joseph C. Ferguson School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  3. ^ Kane, Erin (October 28, 2014). "With an Eye on Innovation, the Barra Foundation Revamps Grantmaking Approach". Generocity. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Mezzacappa, Dale (February 21, 2014). "SRC approves creation of three small, innovative high schools". The Notebook. Philadelphia Public School. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 

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