Friday, July 9, 2010

OI's Neighbors: CTS

Many will know of the controversy over the University's plans for the building which has housed the Chicago Theological Seminary for many years at 5757 S. University Avenue, and which is also the home of the incomparable Seminary Co-op Bookstore. The University plans to use it for The Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

The University announced today an Assessment of 5757 S. University Ave. building scheduled for summer.

One odd statement in the University's press release on the assessment tells us that it "was built between 1923 and 1928". What? They don't know when it was built? There are probably people in the neighborhood who can remember it being built! I suppose they mean it was completed in 1928. It is visible in the background of some of the photographs of the construction of the Oriental Institute here, while other were clearly take from its tower. There are twenty-two archival photographs of the building here.

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