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Cuneo Hospital - 2012 Chicago 7

When opened in 1957, Frank Cuneo Memorial Hospital was the most modern of hospitals, including a stunning lobby and operating rooms with patterned walls and floors of individually designed Romany-Spartan glazed tile walls. Architect Edo J. Belli introduced a new modernism to Roman Catholic architecture in Chicago, including St. Patrick’s High School at 5900 W. Belmont and St. Joseph Hospital at 2900 N. Lake Shore Drive. Cuneo Memorial Hospital demonstrates his whimsical yet thoughtful approach to hospital design, including a roof line that resembles an artist’s palette. Belli combined lyricism with modern materials to create his own architectural style, one that departed ever so slightly from the rigid "Miesian" orthodoxy that dominated architectural expression at that time.

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