As the University of Chicago approached its centennial celebration, the need was recognized for new facilities and the better integration of the North Campus with the surrounding neighborhood and the Quadrangle. The proposed solution places a new Natatorium ⁄ Gymnasium facility on the north edge of the campus. This masonry structure, surrounded by monumental fencing and well-integrated landscaping, establishes the University's presence along 55th Street in a manner appropriate to this important institution.