Carman Hall Renovation Makes Progress at Illinois Institute of Technology in Bronzeville

Cunningham HallCunningham Hall. Photo by Jack Crawford

Exterior renovation can be seen making headway at Carman Hall, located at 60 E 32nd Street within the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Bronzeville. Originally designed by the famed German architect Ludgwig Mies van Der Rohe, the nine-story dormitory building was completed in 1953. Recently, the midcentury residential building sat unused and in need of repair.

Carmen Hall

Carman Hall. Photo by Jack Crawford

Carmen Hall

Carman Hall. Photo by Jack Crawford

The scope of the current work will modernize the structure for student occupancy, while still maintaining the integrity of the original design. The work includes the replacement of the exterior walls and windows, the interior partitions, and the internal MEP equipment. Meanwhile, the foundation, cores, and structure will be preserved.

Carmen Hall

Carman Hall. Photo by Jack Crawford

Students can find the closest bus transit for Routes 1, 4, and 31, located at the intersection of E 31st Street and S Michigan Avenue via a three-minute walk northeast. Additional bus service for Route 29 is also nearby via a three-minute walk southwest to State & 32nd Street. Also in close proximity is the CTA L Green Line at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station, an 11-minute walk southwest, as well as the Sox-35th station, a 15-minute walk southwest.

Cunningham Hall

Carman Hall. Photo by Jack Crawford

Despite the aforementioned progress, the hoist still remains attached to the east face and the inset lobby still obscured by protective framing. Dirk Denison Architects has overseen the design of the improvements, while Gilbane Building Company has served as general contractor for the roughly $18 million undertaking.

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4 Comments on "Carman Hall Renovation Makes Progress at Illinois Institute of Technology in Bronzeville"

  1. It’s Carman Hall, not Carmen Hall or Cunningham Hall.

  2. Orlando Coombs | November 21, 2021 at 7:41 am | Reply

    Bronzeville is a major happening area in Chicago. People of all races are welcome to patronize and enjoy the many black owned eateries and other businesses in the neighborhood. That’s a beautiful thing because segregation is foolishness. And another thing, when I look the success that Bronzeville is having as well as other black areas of Chicago are having in terms of black entrepreneurship and the stability of a large black middle class, I see it as exceptionally stupid and asinine to talk about a partner in Federal Government to step up and fix your gun violence. Your expecting the government to come into your neighborhood and fix your problems. Your talking about affordable housing and jobs that pay a living wage, are you serious? Really. Companies needs workers desperately like yesterday, there are millions of unfilled job positions open right now and more coming, it’s the hottest job market in 25 years. You can literally fall off a turnip truck and get a job right now. The time to go out there and get it is now. Get it now. Especially in Chicago, the time for these poor neighborhoods on the South and West Sides to build them up is now, while the country is being generous with economic resources. Ex-cons are getting jobs left and right now. The open job market with all these numerous unfilled positions with companies offering incentives to get people to come to work, ain’t gonna last forever. That’s a fact. Eventually the door is gonna close and these jobs will no longer be an option. And then the people who are stuck with no job and no money are gonna blame the world for where they are, because nobody wants to own it. People in our society have no personal accountability or self ownership. People need to quit whining about what they don’t have and roll up their sleeves and go to work. It’s that simple and that plain.

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