WBEZ | Cuneo Hospital http://www.wbez.org/tags/cuneo-hospital Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Redevelopment plans put jazzy 1950s ex-hospital on the terminal list http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-12/redevelopment-plans-put-jazzy-1950s-ex-hospital-terminal-list-104575 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263570.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The former Cuneo Hospital building reminds me of jazz. Moreso than any other structure in the city.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Like jazz, the elliptically-shaped building has a free-form energy. Curves, rectangles, solids and voids meet each other at will. The front of the building, which faces Montrose and Clarendon, looks nothing like the rear or the north sides of the structure. Yet a visual rhythm--a beat, if you will--keeps it all together.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Built in 1957, the shuttered modernist hospital might soon face music of a different sort, however. Developers seek to raze the building and its otherworldly 1970s addition to build a $220 million high rise and retail development on the site. The proposed development--replacing a previous developer&#39;s unpopular three-tower $350 million 2011 proposal--is making its way through community meetings in the area.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The renderings of the new project designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture look pretty good--but more on that later. For now, let&#39;s walk around the old complex as <em>Take Five </em>by the Dave Brubeck Quartet<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs"> plays in your other browser window:</a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263673.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 473px;" title="" /><br /><div class="image-insert-image ">Originally a hospital for women and children, Cuneo Memorial Hospital is the work of architect Edo J. Belli of the firm Belli &amp; Belli, an outfit that designed a range of modernist schools and hospitals for the Chicago Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the 1950s and 1960s. Cuneo was built for $2 million by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart order.</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263637.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 576px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Dig that roof line!</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263527_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 562px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The rear of the hospital opens up to provide views of Clarendon Park in the foreground.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263666.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 360px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263606.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 646px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263689.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 619px;" title="" /><br /><div class="image-insert-image ">And the later addition, linked to the older building by a skybridge over Clarendon:<br /><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C263696.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 401px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The hospital closed in 1988 and was later the home of Columbus Maryville Academy children&#39;s shelter which, in turn, shut its doors in 2005, leaving the three acre site vacant.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Here&#39;s a view of the new project:</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/image640x480.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Cuneo&#39;s fate has prompted some chatter in the preservation community, but not much. The organization Preservation Chicago put the 1957 building on its &quot;Chicago 7&quot; <a href="http://www.preservationchicago.org/userfiles/file/2012_C7_Cuneo%20Hospital_Final.pdf">most-endangered list</a> for 2012 and urged the structure&#39;s reuse.</div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-12/redevelopment-plans-put-jazzy-1950s-ex-hospital-terminal-list-104575 Montrose and Clarendon: 'Mad Men' meets 'Logan's Run' (and not in a good way) http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/montrose-and-clarendon-mad-men-meets-logans-run-and-not-good-way <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="384" width="500" class="size-full wp-image-16284" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//22586871.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>&nbsp;A reader told me to go look at the vacant Columbus Maryville complex on Montrose just west of Lake Shore Drive. &quot;I'm not sure what they were trying to do there,&quot; he said. &quot;It's like they were going for something Utopian.&quot;</p><p>Developer Marty Paris announced plans this year to raze the former children's shelter for a $350 million residential/retail project, <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/mag/article.pl?articleId=32937" target="_blank">according to Crain's</a>, so I decided to have a peek while I could.<!--break--></p><p>I was captivated by the Eisenhower-era modernity of the building on the northeast corner of Montrose and Clarendon.&sbquo;&nbsp; Architect&sbquo;&nbsp; Edo J. Belli whose firm helped usher in a kind of ecclesiastical modernism to Roman Catholic Chicago architecture designed the 1957 building. Belli's work included St. Patrick's High School, 5900 W Belmont and the uber-Googie <a href="http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://bp3.blogger.com/_b4kPTg3towE/SB_LmFDa_AI/AAAAAAAAD7s/8arVGeVXs8c/s400/st%2Bjoseph%2Bhospital.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://nofo.blogspot.com/2008/05/chicagoround-st-joseph-hospital.html&amp;usg=__KPeEWywqeEJlDzrr_XJ1zKBwQQQ=&amp;h=300&amp;w=400&amp;sz=51&amp;hl=en&amp;start=1&amp;um=1&amp;itbs=1&amp;tbnid=CA_gMz5OEL3HzM:&amp;tbnh=93&amp;tbnw=124&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522St%2Bjoseph%2Bhospital%2522%2B%2522lake%2Bshore%2Bdrive%2522%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26tbs%3Disch:1">St. Joseph's Hospital</a> at 2900 N. Lake Shore Drive.</p><p>But across the street is a building worthy of the &quot;<a href="/bey/2010/01/your-turn-the-architecture-you-despise/13139" target="_blank">Architecture You Despise</a>&quot; post I did in January: a mid-1970s addition to the campus that is so <em>What the Hades</em>?-ugly, that once it is demolished, the ground it sat on should be salted down to make sure another building like this doesn't grow in its place. Behold (and be holding your nose when you do):</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="274" width="500" class="size-full wp-image-16288" title="_2258693" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2258693.jpg" alt="" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>Wait, there's more:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="541" width="500" class="size-full wp-image-16290" title="_2258711" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2258711.jpg" alt="" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>The buildings were originally Cuneo Hospital.&sbquo;&nbsp; The modernist east building was a 140 bed women and children's hospital when was dedicated by&sbquo;&nbsp; Cardinal Samuel Stritch in 1957.&sbquo;&nbsp; I could find no information on the 1973 addition,&sbquo;&nbsp; other than a news story that mentioned in passing the hospital's completion date. The buildings are linked by a bridge over Clarendon. I've not seen two subjects so tied together and yet so at odds with each other since, well.<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8x_fvh4lSQ" target="_blank">..this.</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="250" width="499" class="size-full wp-image-16289" title="_2258698" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2258698.jpg" alt="" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Anyway, here are a few more building details.</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><dl> </dl> <p><img height="257" width="501" class="size-full wp-image-16285" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2258714.jpg" alt="" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="512" width="384" class="size-full wp-image-16286" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2258672.jpg" alt="" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">I like this. The roofline is like an artist's palette:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="512" width="432" class="size-full wp-image-16287" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2258685.jpg" alt="" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>Jokes aside, I can see how my reader might have thought a Utopian vision informed the campus. The 1973 addition tries hard to be visually something other than a hospital with its curves, angles and recesses. I imagine the odd shape was the architect's way of getting more daylight into the building, a tactic that is <a href="http://www.wbdg.org/resources/daylighting.php" target="_blank">becoming more widespread</a> now. Except the facade screams &quot;1970s!&quot; like satin baseball jackets and an autographed picture of the <a href="http://www.tvparty.com/bgifs16/hudsonbros2.jpg" target="_blank">Hudson Brothers</a>.</p><p>The proposed new development is slated to be called Lake View Station. Paris hopes to break ground this year, according to Crain's.</p></p> Mon, 01 Mar 2010 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/montrose-and-clarendon-mad-men-meets-logans-run-and-not-good-way