Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings
Mar24

Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings

Evanston-based Northwestern University has embarked on a campaign that could change the face of its suburban campus. The university recently announced that it plans to raise $3.75 billion dollars to revamp the school in order to provide new advanced learning facilities and financial aid for students. The Chicago Tribune notes that if this campaign is successful, “it would be among the 10 largest fundraising efforts by a university in...

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Northwestern’s Music Building Revealed
Apr09

Northwestern’s Music Building Revealed

A few weeks ago, we took you inside the architecture firm Goettsch Partners (here and here).  When we were there, we spied a model of Northwestern University’s new Music Building on a shelf, and asked some questions.  While the Goettsch people were very nice about answering most of them, some topics were still off-limits, and photographs were verboten. Now it seems the i’s have been dotted, and the t’s crossed, and...

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Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads
Jan23

Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads

Sorry there wasn’t much in the way of updates last week.  We were in the deep South on an architectural photography shoot.  As we’ve flogged before, architectural photography is our primary business here, so if you have a skyscraper, hotel, factory, lobby, office, wigwam, yurt, or igloo that you need photos of, contact us. Now… on to the briefs! Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Gilt City (it’s like...

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Northwestern Scales Back Streeterville Skyscraper Scheme

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which has been on a construction binge for much of the last decade, is moving ahead with plans for its newest skyscraper — a 24-story building at 259 East Erie Street. The institution presented a revised plan for the building to a meeting of neighbors this past Tuesday. Officially it will be known as The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Outpatient Care Pavilion.  According to Crain’s Chicago...

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Prentice Womens’ Hospital Gets a Reprieve… For Now

Today, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks was supposed to discuss whether the embattled Prentice Womens’ Hospital (320 East Huron Street) is worthy of designation as a Chicago landmark.  This would have given preservation groups some small ammunition in their fight to save the unique structure from demolition.  See our previous coverage here, and here. A small group of Prentice preservationists showed up at Chicago City Hall to...

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The End is Near For a Beloved Chicago Hospital
May25

The End is Near For a Beloved Chicago Hospital

You know how people like to look at old photographs of amazing buildings that have been demolished in fits of shortsightedness?  Get your camera ready. It looks like the former Prentice Women’s Hospital (320 East Huron Street) won’t be standing too much longer. At a meeting with neighborhood NIMBY group SOAR, representatives of Northwestern flat out rejected a request to delay any further the tearing down of the building,...

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Chicago Architecture History Hidden In Plain Sight

There are lots of reasons people avoid hospitals.  Superstition. Fear of illness. Feeling guilty about one’s own state of health.  But it should be stated that Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Lakeshore campus is among the most inviting medical facilities I’ve ever been to. Even if you’re feeling fine, there are still two good reasons to stop by Northwestern’s Feinberg Pavilion at 251 East Huron...

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Slice of Life: Worst. Parking. Evar.
Dec11

Slice of Life: Worst. Parking. Evar.

Remember those films from the 50′s and 60′s showing hordes of Chinese people flowing through their cities on armies if bicycles? Based on this photograph of the parking situation at Northwestern University, that must be what it looks like just before classes start each morning.   At least the guy who found a convenient spot in the tree used his kickstand to keep the rest of his bike from marring the bark. Remarkably, this...

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Last Chance To Dance: Lakefront VA Hospital Almost Gone

For the last eight months or so, demolition crews have been very methodically and very loudly disassembling the old VA hospital in the heart of Streeterville .  If you’ve never seen the X-shaped building or have some attachment to it, better pay your respects soon, before it’s too late. What used to be four wings 15 stories tall is now down to just three, and those won’t last long. The VA sold the hospital...

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Where Northwestern Started

Northwestern University spends a lot of time, money, and effort preserving its old buildings, and none is older than the one known as “Old College.” This apartment complex in Evanston (The John Evans Building, 1600 Hinman Avenue) is actually the location of what was the first Northwestern University building.  It looked a lot like the Addams Family house and was built in 1855 for just under $6,000. Over the years the...

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