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Ronald McDonald House Chicago Donor Wall: 622 house

A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul. 

The Ronald McDonald House near Children’s Memorial Hospital opened its doors on April 28, 1977 as the first House in the Chicago area and the second Ronald McDonald House in the world. To date, this House has served more than 25,000 families from all corners of the United States and the world.

Built in the late 1800’s, this House was originally a private home, which was later converted into a convent before it became the Ronald McDonald House. The distinctive woodwork in the entry dating back to the original structure gives the House a truly home-like feel. With 21 bedrooms and immaculately kept lawns and gardens, the House in Chicago’s Lincoln Park community is a special home to many.

This door is a miniature replica of the front door at 622 West Deming Place. It was a real honor to recreate the entry door knowing the history of the house and the thousands that have found shelter under its roof.

80 unique doors will be showcased on two gallery walls in the main public area of the Ronald McDonald House being built in the heart of downtown Chicago near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. The doors are meant to symbolize the philosophy that ” The doors of Ronald McDonald House are always open for you.”  To learn more click on the following links:

Materials used: 

  • Solid oak wood
  • Laser cut and etched mirror acrylic
  • Vinyl cut lettering

Photos of the original 622 West Deming Place Ronald McDonald House near Children's Memorial Hospital.

Adobe illustrator was used to create the necessary files for a laser machine to etch and cut acrylic details.

Carefully chosen solid oak wood was crafted to resemble the front door of the 622 West Deming Place Ronald McDonald House.

When the laser etched type solution failed to hold black paint, I turned to a local sign company to provide a vinyl sticker of the quote.

I used real copper particle paint and a green patina solution to replicate the original door’s weathered copper mail drop.

622 numbers were laser cut and painted bronze and installed with industrial strength glue.

An oak stain was used to match the original door and enhance the warmth of the wood.

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Chris - March 23, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Thank you so much for responding. I appreciate your comments. You must be so proud to be part of such a historical home that has provided so much comfort beyond words.

Anne - March 23, 2012 - 5:08 pm

As the House Director of this House, I wanted to let you know what an amazing job you did in recreating this door- a door that over 25,000 families have walked through and found comfort. It will be so sad to leave this House, but your recreation will bring the House on Deming, as well as all of it’s memories, back to life.
Thank you.

Chris - March 23, 2012 - 3:28 pm

WOW! Thank you for your kind words. I miss seeing you guys.

Lisa O'Harrow-Ray - March 23, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Beautiful job Chris you ever amazing incredibly gifted man!
We Love You.

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