Ingleside Hall demolished

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

The University of Chicago demolished Ingleside Hall last week as part of its expansion of the Main Quad.

The university will turn the space where Ingleside Hall once stood, 956 E. 58th St., into two paths that will connect Crerar Library’s quadrangle to a larger campus-wide walkway.

Demolition of the hall began on July 22, U. of C. News Director Jeremy Manier said in an e-mail to the Herald.

A pedestrian walkway spanning the Cummings Life Science Center, 920 E. 58th St., and the west end of the university’s main quadrangle will be complete in June 2014, according to the U. of C. Facilities Services website. The path will intersect with Ellis Avenue and include an outdoor tunnel going through the Administration Building, 5801 S. Ellis Ave.

The construction is part of a larger project announced at a Feb. 27 public meeting creating a pedestrian path from Woodlawn Avenue to 58th Street just east of Drexel Avenue.

Built in 1896 at the Oriental Institute’s current location, Ingleside Hall once housed the university’s Quadrangle Club. After several fires, the building was moved to its current spot in 1929 and housed a U.S. Postal Service office until May of this year.

During the move, the university had 12 feet from the center portion of the building to shorten it enough so the building would fit onto its new lot. The move left the building considered too significantly altered to be considered for preservation.

Herald Staff Writer Lindsay Welbers contributed to this report.