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Gropius Gone, Gropius Reborn

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:59 AM
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by Edward Lifson ( last modified Oct 29, 2010



Good buildings live on, 
long after fools smash them asunder. 

Sadly, this is gone forever:

But reborn as:

This is the first in a series of sculpture/furniture pieces that are based on the architecture of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. Specifically, I am making IKEA models of all eight mid-century Modern Gropius buildings that are currently being demolished by the City of Chicago.     
Thus spoke Jeff Carter, the man who made this "Cabinet for Walter Gropius" ("Das Kabinett des Doktor Gropius"?)  Brilliant work.

The collection of buildings to which he refers is mostly gone.  They made up the campus of Michael Reese hospital on Chicago's South Side.  Walter Gropius and others designed them, Sasaki contributed the wonderful landscape.   In a bone-headed move, the city demolished this beauty, partly to make way for the 2016 Olympic Games.  In the end those games were awarded to Brazil, not Chicago.

The photo at the top is of the late Michael Reese Power Plant.  Here are the other Michael Reese buildings.  And more photos and information on the campus, with a video I made in front of the Power Plant, of the man valiantly attempting to save all this.

I can't wait to see Carter's other Reeses pieces. What a living room that will be.

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Thanks to Jeff Jacobs of Design Organization for suggesting this for HB!.

PS - Although it's not threatened, Jeff, would you make me an IKEA Crown Hall?  Or an IKEA Prentice Hospital, which is threatened?



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