Preservation Alert Update: Impressive Modern Building Available for Adaptive Use

Building 521 - Gunner's Mate School at Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, Illinois is threatened with demolition. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1954, this amazing Bruce Graham-designed building has been unused for years.

The Navy is moving forward with plans to demolish this building. However, the Navy is open to an outside entity/contractor using the building or to disassembling and moving the building off the base.


The Navy is accepting proposals for re-use of the building through Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

Proposals and inquiries may be submitted to:
Ms. Maria Sus
Cultural Resources Program Manager
201 Decatur Avenue, Building 1A
Great Lakes, IL 60088-2801
Tel- 847-688-2600 *1364

The public meeting about the potential re-use of Building 521 took place on January 29, 2008. For information on the building, the meeting, Navy lease information, Congressman Mark Kirk’s contact information, and articles advocating for the preservation of this notable structure, please visit the DOCOMOMO_Midwest website

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