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eloquent requiem by Mary Clare Kendall in the Examiner, that young Ronnie would watch horse-drawn fire engines race by his window. In his gas-lit apartment, the small boy dreamed of sportscasting and Hollywood and Pennsylvania Avenue, and of a nearby Theological Institute rededicated to the theology of Milton Friedman. On warm, summer days, his mother would take him to feed cabbages to the small dinosaurs that still grazed in Washington Park.
University of Chicago Center for Care and Discovery, right across the street. That same kind of hyper-density is planned for the two blocks to the north of the massive battleship of a hospital, including where the Reagan apartments stand. Kendall writes that it may be gone as early as January 1st. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has already determined the building doesn't meet the criteria for designation, and Kendall says Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office hasn't responded to her request for comments. (Considering how Emanuel not only crafted an elaborate charade to designate Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Hospital a landmark and rescind that designation only minutes later, but was actually complicit in helping Northwestern develop a campaign to destroy the building, I would advise Kendall not to hold her breath waiting.)
architect of the new Center for Care and Discovery, mapped out the eventual filling out of the blocks to the north with the same massive amount of square-footage as in his building, he cited a basic principle that the sign of success when you do something is that you wind up doing more and more of it (and build even bigger buildings).
merged the facility with Illinois Masonic, cut jobs, downgraded the status of the emergency room, and eliminated in-patient services. It didn't help. Ravenswood's healthier competitors hired consultants to poach its doctors, and Advocate closed the hospital in 2002. The brain surgeons (this is not a metaphor) who took it over and made it a Neurologic and Orthopedic Hospital departed for better climes in 2009, and Ravenswood was euthanized for good. A 2005 proposal to convert the hospital to condos went nowhere.The once modern showcase of a building remained boarded-up and empty. This past July, a 16-year-old boy broke in and fell two stories to his death.
Lycée Français School designed by Krueck and Sexton. May it live to least half a century.
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On the peripheries of the University campus, the juxtapositions are almost surreal . . .
West Campus Combined Utility Plant, are like ghosts who have yet to realize they're dead.
I feel like it's a waste of architectural artifact. But if the demolition leads to a good future use, let the change be.
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