Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April 11, 1949 -- Illinois Institute of Technology Dormitories Open

April 11, 1949 – Ceremonies are held to dedicate Farr and Fowler Halls, the first two dormitories in the $15-million building program at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Farr Hall is located at the southwest corner of Thirty-Third Street and Michigan Avenue and is dedicated to Charlotte Farr, the mother of real estate dealer Newton C. Farr, who also is a member of the board of trustees for I.I.T.  Fowler is located one block north and is dedicated to the memory of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Fowler, residents of Lafayette, Indiana.  Each of the four-story dormitories will accommodate 109 students with each building costing $239,640, including landscaping and furnishings.  Dr. Henry T. Heald, president of I.I.T., speaks at the dedication as well as James D. Cunningham, the chairman of the board of trustees.  Donald L. Sickler, a freshman architecture student from New Jersey, represents the student body.  In the above photo notice the English course brickwork and the lettering that Mies van der Rohe selected.

April 11, 1945 -- For the first time since the Stockyards fire in May of 1934, every piece of fire equipment in the city moves to battle two lumberyard fires, one at 1800 N. Ashland Avenue and the other on the south side at 2452 Loomis Street. 45 pieces of equipment respond to the 5-11 alarm blaze on Ashland, and while it is still burning, 61 are dispatched to Loomis Street. Eleven firemen are injured in the battle to contain the fires as 54 mile-per-hour winds make the work nearly impossible. 500 fire fighters work to get the fires under control. As the Chicago Daily Tribune photo below shows one would have had a pretty good look at the flames form the north side fire if it occurred today . . . it seems a pretty good bet that the trestle in the photo lies just to the east of today's Bloomingdale Trail, the 606.


Anonymous said...

Actually that same bridge was moved west and now carries the 606 trail over Western Avenue.

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