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Aurora and Chicago


Historic hospitals often can pose a difficult reuse problem. These three Chicago-area hospitals are either vacant or soon-to-be vacant.


Community Hospital / Doctors Hospital, 5800 S. Stony Island, Chicago


This 1914 structure was one of four designed in the U.S. by Schmidt, Garden & Martin for employees of the Illinois Central Railroad.



The hospital is in bankruptcy and its owner, Cook County, intends to sell the property to pay off creditors. It is unclear what the alderman will support in the way of redevelopment or new construction on the property. The property is scheduled to be auctioned for sale on September 22nd.


Copley Hospital, 301 Weston Ave., Aurora


The most significant portion of this hospital was designed in 1916 by Schmidt, Garden & Erikson. This neighborhood landmark features limestone trim, classical detailing, and an intact first-floor doctor’s study with wood paneling and fixtures. The hospital was vacated in the 1990s and has no local landmark protection.


Prentice Women's Hospital, 333 E. Superior St., Chicago


This unique structure was designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1974-75. A replacement building is now under construction and scheduled for occupancy in 2007. The Goldberg structure then is scheduled to be given to Northwestern University, whose master plan calls for a new facility on the site. Other nearby hospital structures, including the Wesley and Passavant pavilions, already have been demolished.


  What Can I Do? Please contact the local officials communities, urging that these structures be saved, protected as local landmarks, and reused.


The alderman for Prentice Hospital in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood is Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward), 325 W. Huron, Suite 510, Chicago, IL, 60654; e-mail: office@ward42chicago.com. For more information on old Prentice Hospital, click here.


The agency to contact for Copley Hospital is the Aurora Preservation Commission, 44 E. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60507; jmangers@aurora-il.org.






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