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Oakman Elementary Orthopedic School - Photos

The kindergarten features a shallow bay window that extend into the central courtyard. This space also has direct access to the courtyard play area.

The play room/gymnasium anchors the southeast corner. It is surrounded by tall windows and was brightly lit even with its windows covered in plywood.

This image highlights the extensive use of rounded glazed block throughout the building.

Oakman's west elevation viewed from the northwest corner. The nearest visible entrance on the left leads to the auditorium. One of the four primary school entrances is visible in the center of the building, marked by a stone portico.

There are four main entrances in the center of each elevation, the primary entrance is to the south. Each of the large corner spaces and exterior classrooms also has their own entrances.

Oakman had exterior terraces on the south, east, and west sides. Classrooms around the outside of the building once had access to these terraces, but the doors are now gone.

Oakman features a unique corner-anchor arrangement of its common areas. The school features separate playroom/gym, auditorium, cafeteria, and "cot room" each located in the corner of the building, and each with exterior access.

The inner courtyard viewed from a small roof deck. The courtyard is accessible from classroom on all four sides.

The courtyard play area in August 2023

A picture of the corridor in August 2023

Corridor with access to the central courtyard

Typical classroom

Administration office area in August 2023

Administration office area in August 2023

Administration office area in August 2023

Library in August 2023

Detail shot from inside the gym

Another view at the gym

Main interior facing classrooms have individual access to courtyard.

The interior features terrazzo flooring and extensive use of glazed block on walls.

Ornamental detail near the cornice of all four corners of the building

Brick exterior with stone details and large stone porticoes over primary entrances.