Hoover Elementary School has stood in the neighborhood it serves for a century, educating generations of Lincoln Park children. When it came time to renovate this landmark, many in the community were understandably nervous. This building has been home to many of the community’s fondest childhood memories. A vocal member of the school board had spent her entire career teaching at Hoover. Her children had attended Hoover Elementary. For her this building was family and any modifications were going to be personal.
When touring the facility however, one could see that buildings best days were behind it. Years of repairs and upgrades could not keep up with needs of today’s educational environment. The school also housed the districts Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) program and the existing two-story building with its maze-like corridors made it difficult to meet their needs. The district decided that the existing 100-year-old wing would need to be demolished and new addition constructed in its place.