The first signs of demolition work have appeared at Michael Reese Hospital.
The round Wexler Pavilion has had two of its windows removed, with Dumpsters placed beneath the openings. Large-scale debris is piled up in the lobby. Recessed light fixtures in the exterior overhangs have been ripped out, likely as part of abatement.
The main entry and glass lobby of the Laz Chapman Pavilion (handsomely captured by Lee Bay) has been sealed up tight with plasterboard.
Most alarming, the lovely twin lamps which have long graced the entry of the main building have disappeared. As you can see by the dates here, this is a very recent development, and I'd bet whatever you like that the removal wasn't legally sanctioned -- in other words, somebody stole the lamps.
March 22, 2009
May 2, 2009