What was once a notorious Detention Centre firstly for right-wing Taiwanese spies and then for those arrested in the riots of 1967, had originally been built as a mess for the Royal Engineers who were stationed there to man the cannons on the shoreline.
It has now become a Heritage Courtyard and, with the gun emplacements below, has blended into the campus of the Chicago Booth University in such a way as to retain the historic features and merge seamlessly into the impressive university buildings.
We are privileged to have Gavin Tun to lead us around the site. Gavin is one of the Chicago based architects who is responsible for this unique example of preserving a historic building into a functioning university campus. He will tell us of the challenges that the site presented and how he and his fellow architects resolved them without destroying its historic features.
There will be a coach departing from outside the GPO at 10 am to take members to the campus and return them to Central after the visit. Note that numbers are limited and that there is no guest parking at the university or nearby.