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Old August 20th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #881
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Well since SSP is being annoying right now...

155 North Wacker
50 floors
Seems somewhere in the range of 600-700 feet

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Old August 20th, 2006, 09:08 PM   #882
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Well since SSP is being annoying right now...

155 North Wacker
50 floors
Seems somewhere in the range of 600-700 feet

^ WOW!

Who, what, when, how?
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Old August 21st, 2006, 04:31 PM   #883
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I am assuming that is the much anticipated new John Buck building...
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Old August 21st, 2006, 07:09 PM   #884
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What is currently at that site??
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Old August 21st, 2006, 08:18 PM   #885
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A small retail and office building. Nothing special - around 4 or 5 stories. Its major tenant (a jeweler, I think) just moved out.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 09:00 PM   #886
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Excellent and thanks.

Now I just we could get rid of that fugly general growth building.....it really disrupts the flow of wacker

What do those guys do anyhow?? I think they are a real estate company but not sure
You'd think they might have a vested interest in having an impressive architectural statement since they are involved in real estate.

That I think is soenthing like 110 wacker so this new building puts it almost directly across the street
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Old August 21st, 2006, 09:14 PM   #887
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General Growth Properties mainly deals with malls.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 09:44 PM   #888
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General Growth has made it clear that it doesn't intend to move out, or replace its current HQ's.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 09:56 PM   #889
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General Growth has made it clear that it doesn't intend to move out, or replace its current HQ's.
general growth can make their intentions as clear as they want to, but every person (and corporation) has their price.
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 07:53 AM   #890
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What is currently at that site??
The building on the west part of that site (155 N Wacker) is a 1950-ish beige brick box that needs to be put out of its misery.

However, there are few nice low-rise older buildings at the eastern part of the site.
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 11:45 AM   #891
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The building on the west part of that site (155 N Wacker) is a 1950-ish beige brick box that needs to be put out of its misery.

However, there are few nice low-rise older buildings at the eastern part of the site.
Corner of Wacker & Randolph


Buildings along Randolph


Same buildings taken from the parking lot across Randolph
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 11:55 AM   #892
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Carl Sandburg strolls along Wacker Drive on August 19, 1957

^ In this picture of Carl Sandburg you can see the building at Wacker & Randolph on the right side. This doesn't have much to do with anything other than realizing that older buildings are a link to the past.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 12:08 AM   #893
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I believe the low-rise buildings will remain, except for the westernmost one (with the Salad Spinners). The larger rendering on Emporis clearly shows at least one or two of those lowrises remaining.

I also see Shutan Camera moved out of the middle building, too bad. They always gave me good prices on film. Is Giordano's still there? I can't tell.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 12:34 AM   #894
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Same buildings taken from the parking lot across Randolph
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That corner building at the far right, i.e., the one with the light blue panel at the far right edge, was constructed immediately after the Great Fire, in roughly 1872-74.

This building houses the Showmen's League of America, and had a quaint sign with circus-like lettering at the corner of the building for many decades. The first president of the Showmen's League of America was Buffalo Bill, who passed through town frequently and who put on huge Wild West Shows at the West Side ball park, on which site the gothic red-brick UIC College of Medicine now stands.

The Showman's League is also famous for erecting a monument in the Chicago suburbs after the famous "Circus Train Crash" that killed many performers and animals.

Anyway, the Showman's League building had ugly panels on its facade since the 1950's. Then, in 2003, those panels were removed, revealing the beautiful original brickwork and limestone window surrounds, featuring arched window lintels with apical keystones that were common in the 1860's and 1870's.

Sadly, the owner then sprayed the whole building with gray dry-vit, covering up 100 per cent of the original facade. They put little elephants here and there to give it a circus theme. However, dry-vit with elephants is still dry-vit.
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Old August 29th, 2006, 04:36 AM   #895
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August 25, 2006

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Old September 1st, 2006, 08:07 PM   #896
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Palmer House facade to stay
Glass storefronts ruled out, but developers still plan to remove the 79-year-old landmark's famed canopy over the State Street sidewalk.
By Ron Grossman
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Published August 30, 2006


State Street fans still reeling from the loss of Carson Pirie Scott got a bit of solace Tuesday, with news that Palmer House Hilton developers have backed off a plan to poke a two-story hole in the historic building's facade for steel-and-glass storefronts.

City officials say the developers dropped the second-story renovation plans after preservationists howled at the proposal, put forward in May as part of a deal that would give the 79-year-old building landmark status.

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But the glass is only half full for traditionalists.

Thor Equities, the developer, still has plans to tinker with the some of the building's most distinctive features, taking down its massive State Street canopy and reducing the size of the canopy on Monroe Street.

Representatives of Thor could not be reached for comment.

For generations, the Palmer House was a mecca for visitors coming to Chicago for an annual shopping and entertainment expedition. It long was flanked by department stores of all varieties, one of the last of which, Carson Pirie Scott, announced its closing last week.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks had voted 5-2 to allow the new storefronts on the Palmer House as part of its landmark recommendation.

Opponents had argued the renovation project would scar the hotel founded by Potter Palmer, the 19th Century real-estate magnate who established State Street as Chicago's commercial rialto.

Blueprints for the rehab, which need approval by the City Council, are now being revised, according to Constance Buscemi, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Planning and Development.

"We have been told that they [Thor] are not going forward with the renovation of the second floor," Buscemi said. "They truly do want to work with the city's landmark commissioners, who expressed some concerns about their plans."

Jonathan Fine, president of Preservation Chicago, saluted news of that vote's nullification.

"Thor has taken a great leap forward," Fine said. "We applaud them for it."

James Peters, director of planning for the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, another group vocal in its objections to the original plans, was more reserved in his reaction to news of their modification.

"It's a great victory," he said. "But it's also a case of a step forward, and a step backward."

Peters and Fine both noted that the Palmer House canopies not only give protection from Chicago winters, they also provide long-lasting visual memories of trips to the Windy City.

"Holabird and Roche knew what they were doing when they designed the canopies," said Fine. "They don't need to be second-guessed on the Palmer House."

Holabird & Roche, a distinguished Chicago architectural firm that helped make the city internationally renowned as the birthplace of modern architecture, designed the present Palmer House, which opened during the 1920s.

It is the hotel's fourth incarnation. A predecessor was dedicated in 1870 as a wedding present from Potter Palmer to his wife, Bertha, a grand dame of Chicago society. Lost to the Chicago Fire the following year, it was rebuilt in 1873.

The battle over its latest proposed alteration heated up in July, when preservationists learned that the developers had applied for a property tax break as part of a program that encourages historic preservation.

Fine noted that Preservation Chicago considers altering the canopies to be unnecessary, both aesthetically and economically. He estimates the canopy downsizing would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"We preservationists get criticized all the time for spending other people's money," Fine said. "But here we're advising them not to spend the money."


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Old September 1st, 2006, 08:52 PM   #897
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^ Great news
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Old September 6th, 2006, 07:21 PM   #898
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Not really. I think the loss of the canopies is devastating.
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Old September 7th, 2006, 12:25 AM   #899
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The next Friends of Downtown Brown Bag presentation

Thursday, September 7th at 12.15
Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park Room, 5th floor southeast

Chicago Federal Campus Expansion

J. David Hood of the General Services Administration will present expansion and improvement plans for the Chicago Federal Center. He will discuss the process that led to the acquisition of an expansion site on State Street, the current plans for the site and how the expansion will serve the public, enhance State Street and the Chicago Loop, while complementing Mies van der Rohe’s original Federal Center design.
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Old September 7th, 2006, 02:51 AM   #900
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The next Friends of Downtown Brown Bag presentation

Thursday, September 7th at 12.15
Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park Room, 5th floor southeast

Chicago Federal Campus Expansion

J. David Hood of the General Services Administration will present expansion and improvement plans for the Chicago Federal Center. He will discuss the process that led to the acquisition of an expansion site on State Street, the current plans for the site and how the expansion will serve the public, enhance State Street and the Chicago Loop, while complementing Mies van der Rohe’s original Federal Center design.
Sounds promising. Federal funds are usually generous, the die having been cast by Mies and Calder.
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