matthew ephraim

The End of Michael Reese Hospital

The Michael Reese Hospital campus saga is one that I’ve been following ever since I stumbled on the campus a little over a year ago. I’ve been following the efforts that preservationists have been making to save the historically significant Walter Gropius buildings on the site. I handed out literature and attended community meetings, hoping that some of the buildings would be saved. In the end, it looks like most of the campus will still be lost.

This week, despite Chicago losing its bid for the 2016 Olympics, demolition of the campus begins. There is hope that at least one of the buildings, the Singer Pavilion, might be saved. But, alas, the rest of the campus may be lost.

The Singer Pavilion

Singer Pavilion

Singer Pavilion

Thanks to the Gropius in Chicago Coalition and the rest of the architectural preservation community for all of your efforts in trying to save these buildings.