Josephinum Academy, Chicago's longest-standing all girls Catholic high school and part of the global Sacred Heart network, will open its doors to visitors on Oct. 13-14 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14. The event marks Josephinum's first participation in the architecture 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 new softball field, built on parts of the old building's foundation, will be accessible. The field, funded largely by a Diamond Project Grant from Chicago Cubs Charities with support from the Big Shoulders Fund, was opened in June.
"We are thrilled to invite Chicagoans and visitors to experience Josephinum's spaces and hospitality," said Patti Tuomey, Ed.D., President of Josephinum Academy. "We are proud of our legacy in Chicago and look forward to sharing it during Open House Chicago."
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.
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