a Chicago native and resident, I had not been in Hyde Park or
around the University campus for some time, with the exception
of quick trips to the Seminary Cooperative Bookstore. Several
days prior to this writing, I decided that I needed a change of
scenery and so drove south on the newly reconfigured Lake Shore
Drive. Upon arrival on campus, I noted that nothing had changed
parking-wise and so I drove around hoping that all the Hyde Park
parkers had not seen two parking places together and thought to
themselves, "I'll take both."
knew from U of C publications ("College Report," October/01)
that at least one new dormitory was under construction, but I
was entirely unprepared for what presented. All of a sudden I
saw what can only be rationally conceived as the U of C's challenge
to the University of Illinois at Chicago's heretofore undisputed
reign in holding Chicagoland's "campus architectural nightmare"
behind Regenstein Library sat the most unsightly, disagreeable,
distasteful, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, and ill-conceived
edifice I could never have imagined in an otherwise beautiful
(mostly) gothic campus-an elongated pumpkin, orange stretching
from University to Ellis Avenues, which no fairy godmother might
transfigure into an elegant coach short of demolition and replacement-a
building whose architectural decorum ranks with Chicago's Thompson
Center and Frank Gehry's proposed pile of heating and air-conditioning
waste soon to rise as Millennial Park's new band shell.
all connected with the pumpkin's conception, planning, approval,
and erection, I would contribute to their neurological testing
and recovery, as well as nominate them corporately for the 2001
"Mein Gott in Himmel, What Were You Thinking?"
award. For the first time in the 35 years of its existence, the
University of Illinois at Chicago (of which I am also an alumnus
and adjacent to which I live) looks courtly and aristocratic by
David Sturman, AM'79, DMN'85