Final Chapter in Effort to Save Historic Cuneo Hospital

Demolition has begun on Maryville Academy, the west buildings of the Cuneo Hospital complex. The historic east building, designed by Edo Belli of Belli & Belli Architects in 1957, is soon to follow. It has been reported that the east building of Cuneo Hospital will be replaced by a strip mall anchored by a fast food restaurant.

A 2012 Chicago 7 Most Endangered, Preservation Chicago, Friends of Cuneo Hospital, and Uptown neighborhood partners have campaigned to save this important mid-century building. Preservation Chicago has continued to push for a preservation-sensitive outcome, despite that demolition permits have been issued.

One silver lining is that funds from the Cuneo redevelopment plan have been allocated for the restoration of the historic Clarendon Park Field House, a 2015 Chicago 7, which had previously been threatened with demolition due to the high cost of restoration.

Suggested Reading

One final look at Cuneo Hospital before its demolition, AJ LaTrace, Curbed Chicago, 11/8/16

Old Cuneo Hospital headed for demolition, Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 1/22/14

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