Both Diane Oestreich (née Jones, CHEM ’59), Rock Island, Illinois, and Christopher T. Hill (CHE ’64), Knoxville, Tennessee, wrote in to call us out on the article “Fun As a Timeless Commodity” in the spring 2016 issue of IIT Magazine, which included a comment referring to the structure in the accompanying sketch as Main Building instead of Armour Mission. Our apologies.
Oestreich also contributed a colorful memory:
“There was a cafeteria in the basement of Armour/Union and a large auditorium above it. Occasionally there would be a cosmetics company (I remember Toni permanents) that would pay students to sit for half an hour with wet gauze on their arms, testing for allergies, in a large room on the second floor. We got paid for that, which students always loved.”
Hill made an insightful observation and provided a link to the book An Illustrated Historical Sketch of Armour Mission (1905) at http://bit.ly/27eGQJf:
“…the history makes clear that the original Armour Mission and Institute had a very distinctive architectural style that, in its own way, was as powerfully articulated around 1900 as was Mies’ style as reflected in the expansion of the 1950s and ’60s. The Mission building, Main, Machinery, and the apartments, which were called Chapin Hall when I was there, constituted a distinctive and powerful statement of a 'modernist' sensibility.”
Bob Huenemann (M.S. EE ’70), Hollister, California, sent an email questioning our use of the graphic that features a skull and crossbones within the core of a tomato in “Partners in Prevention,” in the spring 2016 issue of IIT Magazine. He felt that the “face of a pig” would have been more relevant in the article, which focuses on the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance and foodborne illness outbreaks.