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Old Nov 8, 2011, 5:25 PM   #1
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Default If the young Frank Lloyd Wright were alive today

he would approve of the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

By way of background for the architecture-challenged, FLW created the Prarie School of American architecture and is much revered in the US, especially in the Chicago area, for the commodity and delight of his buildings. They were decades ahead of their time. Here is a classic, the Darwin Martin house in Buffalo, NY, built in 1904.

107 years later the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital has opened in Elmhurst, IL ( a suburb west of Chicago). It was designed by the architects of the Pratt Design Studio in the Prarie School style. FLW started in the Chicago area and much of his work was there.

The tops of the stylized columns represent plant life very much in a FLW pattern:

This is the main entrance:

It's quite a place. All the rooms are single rooms (which doubles the plumbing budget) with adequate space for friends and family to visit or stay overnight (the sofa in each room converts into a bed).

It's sad that there doesn't seem to be much profitability in the health care industry...


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Old Nov 8, 2011, 5:32 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by tkurkowski View Post

It's sad that there doesn't seem to be much profitability in the health care industry...

uh... yeah... right... you betcha.

Thanks for the lesson and nice series, Ted.
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Old Nov 8, 2011, 9:00 PM   #3
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Well done. Another Ted specialty: great building shots with perfect angles and exposure and no leaning walls.

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Old Nov 9, 2011, 10:04 AM   #4
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Hey Ted

Thats a really fine looking building .. just what you expect a hospital to look like..old school so I like what theyve done there. Thats quite unlike a a few new hospitals here in the UK which are clearly dual purpose buildings - designed to be converted to Hotels with the minimum of conversions and all on PFI - where the government leases the hospital building back off the contractors over a 15-20 year lease.

I'm shocked to hear that the medical business isnt profitable any more.. may be it needs to be nationalised and goes to the Universal health model !
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