2358, 2360-64, 2365, and 2380 N. Lincoln
700 and 701 W. Fullerton, Chicago
Significance: This grouping of late-19th and
early-20th century buildings, all but one of which are owned by Children’s Memorial
Hospital (CMH), consists of two distinctive “flatiron” shaped terra cotta
buildings, two Victorian-era retail structures and two early hospital
buildings. Together, they form cohesive streetscapes along Lincoln and
Fullerton Avenues and anchor the highly prominent six-corner intersection of
Fullerton, Halsted and Lincoln in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The
hospital structures at Fullerton and Orchard mark a transition from the
commercial character of the six-corner intersection to the residential
ambiance of Fullerton Parkway.
Current Condition and/or Status:
All of the buildings are currently
occupied and in fair to good condition. In January, 2009, community
residents participated in a city-funded study for this area and, in overwhelming numbers, voiced support for plans that would
retain and adaptively re-use several of the buildings. 66% in the study voted they
would like to see the White Elephant and Annex buildings (2380 and 2365 N.
Lincoln) preserved and 82% voted they would like to see the Nellie Black
(700 W. Fullerton) and Martha Wilson (701 W. Fullerton) buildings preserved.
Potential Threat: CMH plans to sell a majority of
its real estate holdings, including these buildings, after its 2012
relocation to the Streeterville neighborhood. While several of the buildings
have been identified in the city’s and state’s architectural surveys, none
are protected by landmark designation, leaving them susceptible to
demolition as part of potential redevelopment sites.
What You Can Do: Contact Alderman Vi Daley (43rd
ward) and inform her that you believe these buildings should be marketed for
renovation and adaptive re-use and urge her to request that the city should evaluate the
buildings for potential designation as individual landmarks or as a landmark
Photos: 1 2365 N. Lincoln; 2 2380 N. Lincoln,
2358-2365 N. Lincoln; 3 2380 N. Lincoln; 4 2358-2364 N. Lincoln; 5 701 W.
Fullerton; 6 700 W. Fullerton