School acquires remainder of former Herron Art Institute

November 18, 2010
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Herron High School
                              original proposalHerron High School has acquired the parts of the former Herron Art Institute it did not already control, including the historic Fessler Building and a parking lot, from Minkis Builders for about $500,000. Workers have removed a foundation where Minkis had planned to build live-work units and are putting the finishing touches on a new roof for a structure known as the Main Building. A roughly $1 million renovation of the Fesler Building, which sits along Pennsylvania Street just north of 16th Street, is slated to begin in the next few weeks, said Joanna Taft, who chairs the Herron High School board. The acquisition and renovation work are being funded by school improvement bonds that are part of the federal stimulus and through a $500,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. The original plan for the former art institute campus, unveiled in 2006, called for Minkis to renovate the Fesler building into seven condos, construct new live-work units next door and sell three single-family home sites. The residential portion stalled as the housing market plummeted but the charter school, operating out of the Musuem Building, has thrived. The next phase, still a few years out, calls for a new building on the land where the live-work units had been proposed, school spokeswoman Karen Lalioff said. IBJ first reported on the school's desire to take over the entire Herron Art Institute campus in an October 2009 story. (Click for a larger version of the photo above, which shows the original 2006 proposal.)

  • Impressed with Herron
    My 8th-grade daughter fell in love with Herron and wanted to attend the school over our preference of Bishop Chatard and Cardinal Ritter.

    Our prejudiced minds were made up before we toured that it would be something out of "Fame" We want a liberal arts, well-rounded education for her before college. We were blown away by the diversity and joy of the students as well as the dedication of the staff and faculty.

    It had a college-prep and elite private school atmosphere, yet at the same time seemed very warm and accepting.

    they are doing lots of things right at Heron. The school should be complete with expansion in two years they told us.
  • Ranking
    Herron is ranked by Newsweek in the top 30 high schools in the US.

    For those keeping score at home, that translates to "better than any other school in the city or suburbs".
  • It's Fesler
    The name of the building is the Fesler Building, as in Caroline Marmon Fesler, an early benefactor.
  • Fesler
    Fixed. Thanks.
    As late 1940's graduates of the Herron School of Art, my wife Jean and I are thrilled by what is happening to the old Herron campus. Our two daughters, Sara and Nannette both attended the school and Saras son Julian, is enrolled at Herron High. GO HERRON...

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