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1907 Hospital Building Demolished
Michael Reese Campus
 

In April 2011, the City of Chicago’s Public Building Commission began demolition of the historic Michael Reese Hospital, designed by Schmidt, Garden & Martin in 1907. This Prairie School-style building was one of the city’s most significant early hospital designs. The Michael Reese Hospital Campus had been included on Landmarks Illinois’ statewide list of “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places” in 2009. In that same year, Landmarks Illinois released an alternative site plan demonstrating that the historic hospital building, along with five other mid-20th century hospital buildings co-designed by influential architect Walter Gropius, could be integrated into an Olympic Village plan for the city’s 2016 Olympic bid. After Chicago lost its Olympic bid, plans were announced to demolish all buildings on the campus with the exception of the 1907 hospital and the Singer Pavilion, a 1948 Gropius structure. In November 2010, the city announced its decision to raze the 1907 building, citing its deteriorated condition. The only hospital building scheduled to remain—at present—is the Singer Pavilion. For more background on this issue, see: Preservation News Michael Reese Campus.

 

(photo) Ace program students working on reuse design study for Singer Pavilion.

 

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Student Project Award Winner

 

A proposed student reuse study for Singer Pavilion—the only building remaining on the historic Michael Reese Hospital campus on Chicago’s Near South Side—has won an “Honorable Mention/Second Runner Up” award in the 2011 ACE National Competition. The ACE Chicago Chapter works with public high school students who are interested in architecture, construction, and engineering. This past year, the Chicago students prepared a reuse design study for the vacant Singer Pavilion, which was designed by internationally known architect Walter Gropius in 1948. The students’ project proposed converting the building into a school for the performing arts. It was the first ACE Chicago Chapter project to place in the top tier of this national competition. Victor Jimenez of De Stefano Partners, one of the team’s professional mentors, said: “As mentors we really pushed the students to develop a strategy for reuse, but at the same time we allowed them to creatively explore a design solution.” The award came with a cash prize that will help support the chapter’s mentor programs and scholarships. The student design team hopes to have the opportunity to present their plan to City of Chicago officials. Also see: Cirt/ACE National Design Competition.

 

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