© Special Collections Department,
Richard J. Daley Library,
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dwight H Perkins (1867-1941)
Perkins was a member of the “Prairie School” of architects. Over his long career, Perkins became a nationally known architect who designed over two hundred buildings in the Chicago area, including more than forty schools for the Chicago Board of Education. Perkins’s tenure as the Board of Education’s chief architect was marked by controversy. The Board accused him of incompetence, extravagance, and insubordination, and while he was exonerated of the first two charges during his public trial, he was found to be insubordinate and removed from his post. His involvement in the Forest Preserve District spanned over two decades: he co-wrote the Metropolitan Parks Report in1905 that jumpstarted the forest preserve campaign, led the famed Saturday Afternoon Walking Club excursions, and served on the “Plan Committee,” which identified and acquired lands for the forest preserve.
Forest Preserve District of Cook County,
The Forest Preserves of Cook County, 1921 - P. 87.