Category Archives: Hospitals

Diagnosing the Future: Modernism, Medicine and Historic Preservation

by Michael R. Allen Last week, the Chicago Commission on Landmarks for the second time unanimously voted to rescind the landmark designation for Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital (completed in 1975). The vote essentially dooms the innovative concrete-shell modernist hospital … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Infirmary

We were saddened to get the news this morning that the historic St. Mary’s Infirmary suffered a three-alarm fire last night. Perhaps the most significant association of the building is its connection to African-American history. The hospital entered an important … Continue reading

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Queeny Tower (1965 – ?)

by Michael R. Allen Upon completion in 1965, the Queeny Tower at Barnes Hospital — located in the northeast corner of Kingshighway’s original 90-degree bend — was the city’s third tallest building. The 19 stories of the proudly modern high-rise … Continue reading

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BJC Seeking Demolition of Jewish Hospital Nursing School Building

by Michael R. Allen UPDATE: The Preservation Board unanimously voted to deny the demolition on a preliminary basis.  Board Member David Richardson made the motion to deny, and Melanie Fathman provided the second.  Anthony Robinson voted “aye” and Chairman Richard … Continue reading

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City Hospital Laundry Building Rehabilitation Moving to Completion

by Michael R. Allen One encouraging recent turn in local development is nearing completion: the start of the second phase of rehabilitation of the remaining buildings at City Hospital. Gilded Age, the developer, has embarked on a $27 million project … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Infirmary for Sale Again

St. Mary’s Infirmary at 1528-36 Papin Street is once again for sale. The hospital complex is listed for $1,450,000.00. The buildings previously were under contract, and had sold to the current rehab-planning owners in 2003, but apparently no one can … Continue reading

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Truman Restorative Center Demolished

by Michael R. Allen LOCATION: 5700 Arsenal Street; Southwest Garden; Saint Louis, Missouri DATE OF CONSTRUCTION: 1966 DATE OF CLOSURE: 2004 DATE OF DEMOLITION: August 2005 In 2003, the city of St. Louis decided to close the Harry S. Truman … Continue reading

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Cook County Hospital

by Michael R. Allen Chicago’s venerable Cook County Hospital seems to have escaped the wrecking ball, but that doesn’t guarantee any particular future. The 1910’s-era Beaux-Arts-style landmark, designed by Paul Gerhardt and Richard Schmidt, stands empty and motionless on Harrison … Continue reading

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Bartonville State Hospital

by Michael R. Allen LOCATION: Bartonville, Illinois (directly south of Peoria) OTHER NAMES: Peoria State Hospital for the Incurable Insane; Illinois General Hospital for the Insane; Peoria State Asylum/Hospital DATE OF CONSTRUCTION: Existing buildings, 1902 – 1948 DATE OF CLOSURE: … Continue reading

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