Friday, June 18, 2010

Offerman School--Last One Room Schoolhouse in Joliet Township--Demolished

According to the Friends of Offerman School Website, the Offerman School has been demolished.

Photo of Offerman School on cribbing on CenterPoint Property in the Summer of 2009.

The history of Offerman School is documented in Chapter 5c of the Will County Historic Preservation Committee's Rural Structure Survey of Joliet Township.   According to page 115 of the Survey of Joliet Township:
"Offerman School Site 28 (PIN No. 07-32-100-002) 
This former one-room schoolhouse, constructed circa 1920s, was adapted for residential use in the 1950s. 
The school was used until the completion of the new Laraway School in 1954. Refer to the discussion of 
Joliet Township Schools on page 79. In late 2008, this structure was temporarily relocated to make way 
for the new CenterPoint intermodal shipping facility. The future permanent site and reuse of this building 
is not known. "