Friday, February 15, 2013

Modern Architecture "Found" At CPS, Uptown

Put this under the "you learn something new every day" file:

A reader wrote in to say, "I always thought the Brennemann School looked interesting architecturally (I can see it out of my window). The playground equipment on display in front looks so cool (although it looks to be off limits .... probably due to being too dangerous for today's kids).

Your story about the possible closing of the school prompted me to do some quick research. Turns out it is a Bertrand Goldberg building! It looked very different when it was built, and had concrete curving arches on the the back section which have been removed or covered up.  See more at this website.  I think your readers would enjoy this, and it is fitting with the trending saga of the teardown of Goldberg's Prentice Hospital."


  1. Thanks for sharing the photos. They're an interesting reminder of the value in preserving and/or documenting what we have. I'm not the biggest Goldberg fan, but, do find his work interesting. Thanks again.

  2. That is timely that it ties to Prentice. I attended Brennemann from opening day through 8th grade. I can still picture looking up and out those high curved windows. Many fond memories of classmates and teachers.

  3. Very cool! I'm not particularly a fan, but can appreciate its uniqueness!