G.W. Childs Elementary School
(listed in the NRHP as "Jeremiah Nichols School")
Jeremiah Nichols School, May 2010
G.W. Childs Elementary School
G.W. Childs Elementary School
G.W. Childs Elementary School
Location1599 Wharton St.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°56′06″N 75°10′13″W / 39.9349°N 75.1704°W / 39.9349; -75.1704Coordinates: 39°56′06″N 75°10′13″W / 39.9349°N 75.1704°W / 39.9349; -75.1704
Area1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
ArchitectHenry deCourcy Richards, Irwin T. Catharine
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival, Art Deco
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.88002241[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 18, 1988

George W. Childs Elementary School is a K-8 school located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is part of the School District of Philadelphia, and the historic building it occupies previously housed the Jeremiah Nichols School and Norris S. Barratt Junior High School.

The current school building was built in stages. The first building was designed by Henry deCourcy Richards in 1908. An expansion was built in 1926–1927 and was designed by Irwin T. Catharine. The Richards building is a three-story, three bay, brick building on a raised basement in the Late Gothic Revival-style. The Catharine building is a four-story, seven bay, brick building on a raised basement in the Art Deco-style.[2]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1] In 2010, the previous Childs school building was closed, and students were moved to the current location. In 2013 Walter G. Smith Elementary School closed, with students redirected to Childs. Therefore, by December of that year the student body numbered 800.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Jeremiah Nichols School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  3. ^ Jacobson, Charlotte; Leppo, Skye (December 11, 2013). "Point Breeze: G.W. Childs Elementary School Adjusts to Series of Transitions". Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Temple University Department of Journalism. Retrieved March 18, 2017.