Elmhurst Hospital was the dream of Dr. E. W. Marquardt, a physician and resident of Elmhurst. Up until the mid 1920s, people who needed hospital care were taken to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park or one of the hospitals in Chicago. In 1920, a group of citizens presented the Elmhurst City Council with a petition requesting a city hospital. In 1921, Dr. Marquardt made a presentation to the Elmhurst Boosters Club, who endorsed the plan. They sold shares of stock in the Elmhurst Hospital Association and people throughout DuPage County contributed to the effort to build the first hospital in the County.
The Elmhurst Woman’s Club, the True Kindred Conclave of Elmhurst, and members of the Elmhurst Golf Club all donated to the cause. Dr. Marquardt himself supplied one of the operating rooms. When the hospital opened, it had a lobby, accommodations for eighty-five patients, administrative offices, two operating rooms, a twenty bed nursery, pediatrics, mothers and obstetrical departments, a laundry, drug room, laboratory and x-ray department, and an emergency room. The hospital was dedicated on October 10, 1926 with a well-attended ceremony where Dr. Marquardt said, “The safeguarding of life is the supreme and foremost duty of a community toward its members, and this is what this institution stands for.”
In 1934, the hospital was reorganized to a community-owned, not-for-profit organization and renamed Elmhurst Community Hospital. The name was changed in 1946 to Memorial Hospital of DuPage County in honor of those who had served in World War II. In 1983, it was changed again to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. When the hospital celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2001, it had 427 licensed beds, 2,500 employees and nearly 600 physicians.
Fast forward to 2014, when in an act of reverence for the old building, Nitti Development donated the symbolic cupola from the old hospital building to the City of Elmhurst. Lee Daniels, the main driver behind saving the cupola, may have said it best when he remarked that the cupola is more than a piece of architecture, “It represents all that is good about Elmhurst.”
According to their website, Nitti Development from Glendale Heights will be building 56 amazing homes with underground utilities and brand new infrastructure. It will have Elmhurst’s first Permeable Paver Streets, open green space on the west side of the development with a walkway from Schiller Street to 3rd Street. The homes will have close proximity to schools, parks and downtown Elmhurst. For more information, contact an experienced LW Reedy realtor.
Pictured is an example of a home planned for 316 Third Street. This home combines a natural stone exterior with a kitchen that features a butler’s pantry and walk-in storage pantry, raised ceilings in all bedrooms and a light and airy master bath. This home features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, with 3,500 sq. ft. of living space. In general, the lots will range from 7,000 to 21,000 square feet with homes in Phase I from 3,200 to 3,750 square feet of living space.
These incredible homes will make an excellent addition to this historic neighborhood. With a beautiful state-of-the art hospital now settled successfully across town, Dr. Marquardt would certainly approve of the new Berteau neighborhood.