Sunday, July 19, 2009

Michael Reese Demolition Plans to be Unveiled Tuesday

We received word from Grahm Balkany of the Gropius in Chicago Coalition that this Tuesday evening, July 21st at 7:00, 4th ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago 2016, and the Chicago Department of Environment will unveil the plans for demolishing the historic Michael Reese campus and the Bauhaus inspired buildings designed in partnership with Walter Gropius, as well as the amazing beautiful Hideo Sasaki landscaping shown below.
It is not expected to be pretty, and the coalition is seeking to get as many sympathetic bodies in attendance as possible "for a polite showing of support in favor of a more sensitive plan. We will have some tee shirts for group identity, signs, etc."

I've written in detail about what's at stake here, and will be giving you an update Tuesday morning, but for now here's a heads up that the session is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the Olivet Baptist Church at 31st and Martin Luther King Drive, itself an historic structure dating back to 1876. If you can, leave a couple bucks for the church's restoration fund, as well.

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