Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A steam shovel extracts threads of metal from the great ruined globs of demolition debris at 211 E. Grand, an 1887 bullhead of a building that's making way for a new home for the Ronald McDonald house.
Since 1977, it's been housed in a former 1880's mansion at 622 West Deming that is just a few blocks away from the current Children's Memorial Hospital.In 2012, the hospital is scheduled to move to its new billion-dollar facility at 225 E. Chicago, just blocks away from the Ronald McDonald facility on Grand, which is expected to be completed in 2011, dramatically increasing the number of beds, to 95.
The blandness of Antonovich & Associates' design for the house is a long way from the historic charm of the building on Deming.In a way, it's like the equally uncharming 19th century structure now being demolished, just extruded and updated to our own age's idiom of inoffensive mediocrity.
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