100 Years of Healthy Living: Commemorating the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium
A century ago, a state-of-the-art municipal tuberculosis sanitarium was opened on Chicago’s northwest side to provide treatment for the thousands of people in Chicago suffering from Tuberculosis. Today, 40 years after its closure, North Park Village Nature Center continues to offer the Sanitarium complex as public space promoting healing and healthy living. In honor of the Sanitarium’s centennial birthday, the Center hosted a day of presentations and tours highlighting the Sanitarium’s history, development and architecture.
Kelsey Shipton of AltusWorks and Christen Sundquist of the City of Elgin were honored to present their Historic Structures Report of the Sanitarium’s powerhouse, the oldest building on site, prepared during their historic preservation graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute. As part of their master plan of the complex, the Center intends to maintain the powerhouse as part of the continued use and preservation of the site.