April open thread
Monthly open thread for April 2014. Let’s keep the conversations flowing!
The picture of the month is that of Bertrand Goldberg’s Medical Surgical Building for Elgin State Hospital (renamed Elgin Mental Health Center in 1975). Goldberg designed the iconic Marina City in Chicago and numerous other buildings and hospitals across America. This building, completed in 1967, was the first of his typically-circular or curvaceous hospital designs to be built. It was converted to office use in 1987 and then abandoned in 2002. Along with the innovative laundry building, it is probably the most important piece of architecture in Elgin.
Read more about the building design here.
And view Goldberg’s spectacular portfolio here.