Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Community Meeting on plans for Gropius Michael Reese site tonight

4th ward alderman Toni Preckwinkle will be holding a community meeting for Prairie Shores and Lake Meadows residents tonight, December 9th, 7:00 p.m., at which "there will be a discussion of plans for the Michael Reese site," where an assembly of irreplaceable Bauhaus-influenced buildings designed with the collaboration of Walter Gropius are currently in the process of being obliterated. The meeting will be at Olivet Baptist Church, 3101 S. King Drive. Dress warm, and if you want to double-check the meetings still on, call Ald. Preckwinkle's office at 773/536.8103.

In related news, Urban Remains is offering up items from Michael Reese "in the form of misc. equipment, furniture signs, teach aids . . . and other odds and ends." Urban Remains website describes their role: "Architectural artifacts were essentially off limits, pending the city of Chicago's purchase of the hospital campus . . . unfortunately, a good portion of the mid-century furnishings were badly damaged from vandals, lack of building maintenance or outright abandonment of the buildings containing the furniture."

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