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The project was previously named “Dunwoody Apartments” after William Dunwoody, a prominent flour magnate who donated the money for the original building after Dr. Abbott cared for Dunwoody’s wife.
New wings — including one devoted to children — were added in the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s. A report submitted to list the building on the National Register of Historic Places, prepared by local architectural historians at Hess, Roise & Co., notes that the building’s many additions are an important and rare reflection of “important phases of hospital evolution” in the early 20th century.
Abbott eventually merged with Northwestern. Following the merger, it grew inefficient for Abbott to maintain separate campuses, according to the historic listing submission.
The hospital left the Stevens Square building in 1980.
“The property needed a lot of work,” O’Keefe said. “And it’s gotten it.”
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