November 29, 2021
Today’s feature in Epstein’s Top 100 Projects countdown takes us to April 19, 1953: The grand opening of the Epstein-designed and engineered 11-story Research & Professional Services Building at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago.
This $3.4 million ($35 million in 2021) addition was built from a significant grant, $2.7 million ($28 million today) from the Jewish Federation of Chicago. Its purpose was to service patients, diagnosis disease, treat ailments and research new cures.
Located at W. 15th Street and California, the building featured cutting-edge technology, such as an electrokymograph, which was capable of "translating a graphic chart of the action of the heart and related organs from a living X-ray." The building also included an isotope laboratory for radioactive substances and an enlarged department of pathology for studying blood problems. Additional features included patient recovery rooms, a physical rehabilitation unit, six major operating rooms, and research laboratories.