One of the great architectural institutions that helped transform Chicagoland is undergoing a change, itself. The Illinois Institute of Technology wants to renovate the Main Building at 3300 South Federal Street into residences. Right now, according to I.I.T.’s web site, it is used for “student services.” It was built in 1892, and named a city landmark in 2004.
The plan is to completely re-do the inside of the building, transforming it into 81 “dwelling units.” How many students fit in a dwelling unit is open to speculation these days. Just be glad we’ve passed the era when sophomores in letter sweaters would cram themselves into phone booths to impress girls.
In a nod to the college’s early years, when the neighborhood was more aligned with swine than steel, the paperwork pushed to the city for the conversion was filed by the “Armour Institute.” Though, the current Armour Institute LLC is just a shell for MCM Development Group out of Cleveland, Ohio and not actually related to the college’s founder.
The paperwork also includes architectural drawings of the historic building done by Pappageorge Haymes, which gives us an opportunity to admire its design in vector form. It also tells us that the building is exactly 123 feet to the top of the its gables. Now you know.