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Women’s Architectural League Foundation

Chicago’s Architectural Heritage… past, present and future

Cook County Hospital

When: Friday, December 2nd at 11:00am

Where: Cook County Hospital
1835 W Harrison St, Chicago, Illinois, 60612

Opened in 1916 and designed by Architect, Paul Gerhardt, the Cook County Hospital served its patients for 86 years until 2002. The building is a designated Chicago Landmark. The building had fallen into a severe state of disrepair and was threatened with demolition. Over 342,000 square feet, the Cook County Hospital has instead transformed into a hotel, food hall, medical office and community spaces.


Mission Statement

Our purposes are to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago area architecture and to provide scholarships to architectural students of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Universities of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana.


In 1958, a group of women who were architects or were related to architects formed the Women’s Architectural League Foundation to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago architecture. Over the years, membership has broadened and is open to all women and men interested in architecture.

WALF members organize tours designed to deepen appreciation for both historic and contemporary Chicago architecture. Tours frequently feature buildings under construction or recently completed, led by architects involved in the project.

WALF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is managed by a group of nine Board members from many disciplines but all are focused on architecture and its important role in the life of our great city.

Women’s Architectural League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the Chicago area. ID# 30-0225557


Another interesting and informative site you may enjoy is the Women Who Built Illinois Database found at www.landmarks.org/womenwhobuiltillinois/

It includes information on over 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979.

This site calls attention to the women who helped to create places that today are cherished by communities and property owners across Illinois.

This website is presented by Landmarks Illinois. WALF is grateful for this interesting presentation and all the effort that was put into the project.