This morning a group of Germans in charge of the restoration of Mies Neue National Galerie visited Carr Chapel in Chicago after seeing Mies buildings in Toronto, New York City, and Houston.
One visitor told Mies Society Director Justine Jentes he was delighted to see a new form of Mies’ work since they’ had only seen high rises, houses, museums and classroom buildings.
Carr Chapel is unique, in part because it is the only ecclesiastical building Mies realized. Its utter simplicity of form positions it to serve students of all religions at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (where it sits among other Mies buildings).
Work is underway to make it even more inclusive as the Mies Society raises funds to meet ADA-accessibility standards and provide air conditioning. Finishing these two projects will complete a painstaking rehabilitation effort that has left the Chapel looking as good as new on the inside and the outside.
German tourists stand at the Chapel’s entrance.› Read more