Josephinum Academy exhibits its mid-century design in Open House Chicago October 19 and 20
Josephinum will open its doors to visitors on Oct. 19-20 during the Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago (OHC) celebration. The school's Modernist structure, 1501 N. Oakley Blvd. in Wicker Park, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-20. Last year the school welcomed 225 visitors during its first year as a participant in the festival.
Josephinum has had a constant presence in Wicker Park since 1890, when the Sisters of Christian Charity opened the school. The original wooden school building was replaced for fire safety reasons in 1959 with a building designed by Chicago architect Michael Gaul. Visitors will discover a cafeteria with floor-to-ceiling glass block walls and a library featuring windows shaded by a geometric concrete screen. The gym, also decorated with glass block, and the kitchen, formerly the home economics room, will be open for touring. Josephinum's renovated softball field, built on parts of the old building's foundation, will be accessible during the event.
"We are delighted to welcome alumnae back to our school along with new visitors during this special weekend of Open House Chicago," said Patti Tuomey, Ed.D., President of Josephinum Academy.
OHC is part of a worldwide movement of free open house events that began in London in 1992. Today more than 40 cities worldwide hold similar weekend festivals. OHC is the second largest event of its kind globally.