Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone

The violent dismantling of one of the city’s great medical complexes is nearing its completion in Lincoln Park. As we’ve been showing you for the last few months, the old Children’s Memorial Hospital is rapidly becoming just dust and memories.

Demolition of the Old Children's Memorial Hospital (Courtesy of Dr. Robert Vogelzang)

Demolition of the Old Children’s Memorial Hospital (Courtesy of Dr. Robert Vogelzang)

These photos were sent in by Dr. Robert Vogelzang, who practiced the healing arts under its roof for more than 20 years.

Once the demolition is complete, the campus will be turned into a multi-use complex featuring a pair of luxury apartment towers with 540 units, several dozen low-rise condominiums, and 160,000 square feet of retail space all designed by SOM.

Construction on the new mini-neighborhood is expected to start in early 2017, with the first people moving in in 2018.

Please to enjoy the wondrous destruction:

Location: 2300 North Children's Plaza, Lincoln Park


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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  1. The passing of a medical era. Is this progress?

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    • Simply put, yes. That hospital was old and did not have the space/available technology that Laurie Children’s Hospital has (which is where those kiddos are now).

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  2. I was always wonder, with a massive demolition like this, where all that “spent” material is going. Into a landfill somewhere? Ground up and reused in some manner?

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    • Editor

      Generally speaking, in any demolition of this type, the majority of the material is recycled. If there are old bricks in good condition, often they are bundled up and resold because old bricks were made differently (better) than modern bricks, and have a patina that decorators value. Other bricks and concrete can be crushed and reused in dozens of ways. And you will often see a machine with a huge magnet trying to sniff out any leftover metal so that it can be recycled. The bulk of the recycling, however, is done pre-demolition by crews doing through the building floor by floor while it’s still standing, removing anything of value.

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