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Old December 30th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #241
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Old December 30th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #242
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^ Which replaces an existing building.

Yay.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 12:14 AM   #243
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^ Which replaces an existing building.

Yay.
Actually, I don't think the original building is being replaced:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...6.15,,0,-13.44
this is the current building, and judging by the extreme similarity in massing to spyguy's rendering

I wonder if the original building is being re-clad & re-purposed...
any more info. on that spyguy?
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Old December 31st, 2010, 12:46 AM   #244
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^Yeah, that's just copper rainscreen cladding applied to the existing building. More info here.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 02:45 AM   #245
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^Yeah, that's just copper rainscreen cladding applied to the existing building. More info here.
This approach is what ruined many vintage Chicago buildings in the 1950's and 1960's, i.e., the recladding of sold brick buildings. To make them modern. And fancy.

Here, at this Western Avenue location, we have a very nice brick building that oozes character. Chicago-style character.

Yet the building is going to be hopelessly mutilated in the name of "science." How stupid.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 06:02 AM   #246
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This approach is what ruined many vintage Chicago buildings in the 1950's and 1960's, i.e., the recladding of sold brick buildings. To make them modern. And fancy.

Here, at this Western Avenue location, we have a very nice brick building that oozes character. Chicago-style character.

Yet the building is going to be hopelessly mutilated in the name of "science." How stupid.


Because the oozing character of a potentially underutilized building doesn't require a shit load of money for extensive tuck-pointing, new windows, new flashing, doors, new hardware...

Just because a building EXTERIOR alone might have character doesn't mean that a simplified, contemporary design isn't just as good or even better for a re-purposed building. Let's please move into the 21st century people and realize that early, to mid-century red-brick building facades, while attractive and evocative of a simpler time, might not always be the most practical solution for a renovated building.
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New plans unveiled for downtown Oak Park high-rise

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles...Park_high-rise

Some news on a long-dormant development in downtown Oak Park. Was originally planned as hotel and condos, now recycled into apartments. Difficult to tell if this plan will also fail due to lack of financing. Both funny and sad to see the NIMBYs go wild.
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