“A steel-and-glass building on Bronzeville’s northern edge is among Chicago’s finer modernist structures, yet it has gone relatively unnoticed and uncelebrated since its construction 60 years ago.
“But that could change over the next year or so.
“The long-vacant, two-story former Lake Meadows professional building at 31st Street and Rhodes Avenue is set to come alive again in early 2023 as office space for the Howard Brown health organization.
“Work has already begun, with the building stripped down to its steel bones as part of the transformation.
“‘It’s a jewel on the prairie,’ Lee said.
“Designed by architecture firm SOM and completed in 1959, the two-story, 26,000-square-foot building originally was office space for telephone company Illinois Bell. Soon after, the building was converted to professional offices largely serving Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center — now demolished — located across 31st Street.
“Built in 1954 by local real estate titan Draper & Kramer and designed by SOM, the Lake Meadows complex was also the city’s first urban renewal project.
“We love the building,” said Gordon Ziegenhagen, Draper & Kramer’s senior vice president.” (Bey, Chicago Sun-Times, 7/2/22)
Unsung architectural ‘jewel on the prairie’ in Bronzeville is poised to shine again; The long-vacant, two-story former Lake Meadows professional building at 31st Street and Rhodes Avenue — a dormant but architecturally significant modernist South Side office building — is getting a major fix-up, Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times, 7/2/22