The breezes through these wooden shelters were believed to cure babies suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases. In 1914, the Chicago Daily News offered to fund a more permanent sanitarium building.
|The Chicago Daily News "Fresh Air" Sanitarium.|
|Empty hammocks hanging from the ceiling and baby carriages parked against a wall inside the Chicago Daily News Sanitarium.|
|Women reaching toward a child lying in a hammock inside the Chicago Daily News Sanitarium.|
|Nine female nurses holding babies, standing and sitting on a wall in front of the Chicago Daily News Sanitarium.|
|Children playing a circle game on a slope of grass with the Chicago Daily News Sanitarium in the background across Lake Shore Drive.|
The Chicago Park District converted the building to Theatre on the Lake in 1953, located at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, that offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
My grandfather, Walter Strong, managed the Daily News Fresh Air Sanitarium, as an employee at the Daily News, between 1906 and 1922. Due to his training as an engineer at the Lewis Institute in Chicago, he oversaw the design and construction of the new building. In 1926, he became the newspaper's publisher.ReplyDelete