Illinois State Training School for Girls at Geneva

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Illinois State Training School for Girls at Geneva
Established 1893
Opened 1894
Closed 1978
Demolished 1980
Current Status Demolished
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Geneva, IL
Architecture Style Colonial
Alternate Names
  • The Geneva Reformatory for Girls
  • Geneva School for Girls
  • Illinois Youth Center at Geneva


The institution was known by various names from 1894 to 1978. It was one of the few that accepted African-Americans. The early girls were mostly mentally handicapped or sexually active. In his book, Making of Illinois, first published in 1900, Irwin Mather described the school as, "...for the confinement, education and reformation of girls between the ages of 10 and 16 years who have been convicted of offenses punishable at law." The school closed in 1978 and is now the Fox Run subdivision.



Most of the surviving graves are those of infants born to these girls. It contains approximately 50 graves.