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Old November 12th, 2009, 11:09 PM   #2001
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I think they're both goners. I don't agree that one is L-shaped. It's just that the southern one had a little light well for the upper floors. Look at a Bing or Google aerial. They're both 40 feet wide and go straight back from sidewalk to alley.

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East-West has ambitions to expand into a larger campus, and I was told they had actually purchased the Wabash side of the Park 1000 property. I was a little surprised to learn that they had purchased this property a little over a year ago, though it adjoins their current facilities. There are a couple of cardboard massing models in the university's board room, but I've never studied them very carefully.

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Old November 13th, 2009, 07:51 PM   #2002
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Could you remind me what this project was again?
I should clarify that it was a real proposal as part of a competition. I only caught a glimpse, but it was a fairly tall, thin crystalline tower in this general area. Mr D mentions expansion, and there's probably some of that, but what I heard was they wanted to consolidate into mostly one building. How they can afford all this, I don't know.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #2003
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Old November 13th, 2009, 11:58 PM   #2004
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Old November 14th, 2009, 02:06 AM   #2005
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Johnson Publishing bought up most of the block, maybe as early as the 1970s, but in the 80s they had high hopes for profiting from the 1992 World's Fair and just sat on the property. Did they make a fortune? Maybe, but there were carrying costs with no rent for all those decades.

I don't remember a building NEC 9th/Wabash. Can you refresh my memory? It's not on the 1985 aerials, and I'm not sure I have anything earlier.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 05:41 PM   #2006
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Old November 16th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #2007
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As the sign and old insurance maps show, it was apparently built as a branch of the Lincoln Warehouse and Van Co. The 1970 land use atlas shows it, but 1973 aerials do not.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 03:39 AM   #2009
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The tour guide might have been referring to the Vitagraph building, which was the second building north of the corner. It was a Holabird & Roche design from 1920, but I think it disappeared in the early 70s along with the corner building.

This was, of course, years before East-West University was even founded.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 03:13 AM   #2010
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469' tall

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Roosevelt University to construct 32-story building; school says it will be 2nd-tallest in U.S. behind University of Pittsburgh's tower
By William Lee


Officials at Roosevelt University are moving forward with a plan to build what they say would be the second-tallest university building in the nation.

Construction on the 32-story, $110 million building is set to begin in February on the site of the old Herman Crown Center in the 400 block of South Wabash Avenue. The groundbreaking will begin once demolition of the old building is complete, with the center itself slated to open in January 2012, officials said.

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Old November 25th, 2009, 08:18 PM   #2011
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Love it!!!!!
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Old November 27th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #2012
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Don't mind my amateur "Paint" skills but I thought it would be cool to show a variation for those of you who like more height. I was bored...haha.

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Old November 27th, 2009, 07:01 AM   #2013
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Make it even taller and have the top meet in the center. Rather like it flat aswell rather than a tip.

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Old November 28th, 2009, 06:42 AM   #2015
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Superb. Ofcourse it would look better in a 3D rendering, it's basically what I was looking for. The whole flat top on the original rendering just seems like a waste and is kind of hideous since it's a large size of flat top.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #2016
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^Large? It's only 75 x 150 feet.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 10:44 PM   #2017
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Well, as you may know, I actually designed the faces of the "blocks of type," choosing a period typeface and creating fragments of the right length, then exporting CAD drawings. The challenge was to keep them from looking like kids' blocks. I was very pleased to see that all the details I carefully specified survived value engineering, shop drawings, and fabrication. The only thing that surprised me was the black coloration on the raised surfaces. That's something that happens with rubber stamps, but wasn't usually noticeable on used slugs of metal type.
I live in the area & of course was hoping that this spot was used to create
an entertainment venue (gameworks, dave/buster), theatre, high-end restaurant or boutique hotel, but I will live with it as long as S.Michigan (south of Cermak) gets developed into high-end restaurants & bars. Since the Data Center is being built on Indiana/Cermak, I was hoping that along Cermak they somehow build a nice park with some seating like RUSH University just built. Any drawings or plans that you are aware of ? I think RUSH did a fantastic job with their new streetscape (lighting, tree planters, seating).

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Old December 6th, 2009, 06:21 AM   #2018
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Astoria Tower:

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^ So I take it they chopped off the top?
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Old December 6th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #2020
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^Hard to say for sure. The top was always going to be light metal strips, which could easily be erected with a couple of guys and a small derrick or scaffolding. The bottom two rows were installed. I would have guessed that merely meant they were waiting until roof chiller units were installed using a helicopter lift, but people are now living in the building.

SouthLoopArch/PilsenArch keeps asserting that the top will never be installed, but cites no source for his info.
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