Chicago magazine | January 2010
This was the case of picking up a story at its decisive moment. Grahm Balkany was a young preservationist and architect who had discovered a connection between Walter Gropius, a founding father of modernist architecture, and a South Side Chicago hospital slated for demolition. Balkany was in the midst of a fight to save the campus when this article went to press. Although the city had lost its 2016 Olympic bid and no longer planned to build the athlete village it had envisioned for the site, the Daley machine remained determined to raze the land. Click the thumbnails below for a larger view of the layout or read the story on the magazine’s website.