We've been spoiled down through the years by another open view of the Auditorium building from the southwest, courtesy of a surface parking lot that's been there since the days when the raptors were dropping off their dinomobiles.
click images for larger viewNow that's changing.
Lillian and Larry Goodman Center, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz. The two-level building is essentially a field house to support the university's athletic program. It was jump-started by a $3,000,000 gift from real estate magnate Larry Goodman, founder of the Community Discount store chain. Opening is scheduled in time for the 2012-13 academic year.
view from 1893 shows it as a vacant lot, and a vintage postcard on the Chicago-L website offers a murky view of what appears to be either a single story building, or a sequence of plywood walls papered over with billboards.