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Old January 16th, 2011, 05:37 AM   #61
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^ Well, I think we can change this thread from "on hold" to "u/c" no?
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Old February 16th, 2011, 07:48 PM   #62
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I think they should restore this building to its original intended use... a gentleman's club! I think it occupied most of the tower portion of the building.

I actually own a full set of prints for this building. I will try to get some pictures of them and post them.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #63
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This can't be converted back. It has to be used for residential purposes.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 05:26 AM   #64
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They're sure going gangbusters on this building right now. A little army of workers, scaffolding and barricades up around the base, the fire escapes have all been demolished, patching on the outside and now large crane like supports going all the way up the main part of the building in multiple areas.

My office overlooks this building from directly to the west. I can see lights and people inside, as well as a lot of people around the roof of the building each day.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 06:53 AM   #65
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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...117518858.html

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Provides $20 Million to Help Convert Chicago Office Building Into Multifamily Development

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) announced today that it has invested $20 million to help finance the conversion of an historic office building in Chicago's western Loop into a multifamily development to be known as Randolph Tower City Apartments. The project will create approximately 690 construction jobs, and all work on the site will be performed by union workers.

In making the announcement, the HIT said it had purchased $20 million of taxable bonds as part of the financing package for the $148.2 million, 45-story project.

A landmark in Chicago's famed Loop for more than 80 years, the Gothic Revival-style skyscraper will undergo massive rehabilitation. The completed project will include 310 loft-style rental units, 20% of which will be affordable to low-income households, as well as more than 20,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space. Extensive exterior work on the building will preserve the historic terra cotta facade and other ornamental details.

"This investment means a lot to the members of Chicago's building trades unions," said Tom Villanova, President of the Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council. "The Randolph Tower project will put our members back to work at a time when unemployment is at record levels for Chicago's construction industry."

Stephanie Wiggins, HIT's Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, said, "The HIT is pleased to participate in the financing of this project that will benefit the City of Chicago and its residents. We are helping preserve an architectural landmark, and bringing new mixed-income housing and jobs to the community."
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Old July 19th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #66
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Developer Talks About Randolph Tower Rehab, Interior Design
Monday, July 18, 2011, by Mark Boyer

First, the good news: Six months into construction, Randolph Tower is on schedule and on budget. Michigan-based developer Village Green is converting the 45-story neo-gothic tower into 313 apartments, the first of which will be ready for occupancy next winter...

..."This might be the largest terra cotta project in downtown Chicago," says Holtzman, acknowledging the challenges and risks of such an undertaking, "but we think historic buildings are win-win for everyone." To help defray the cost, the city pitched in with $34 million TIF funding, which Holtzman says was largely to cover the terra cotta restoration...

...Instead of trying to recreate a historic look in the interiors, the developer plans to bring in a lot of glass and metal and other modern finishes...

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...ior-design.php
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 05:01 PM   #67
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Here are a few snapshots of the original blueprints. The labels on the mens club floors are very interesting. Most of the tower floors were "bedroom" floors. There was a separate womens dining room, bowling alley, barber shop, massage and rubbing room, silent room. Man if this building could talk the stories it could tell!













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Old November 30th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #68
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Perry Duis's book Challenging Chicago makes it sound like this was the first modern health & fitness club in America. Founded by Austrian Charles Postl, it was endorsed by sitting president Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. I'll have to look up the connection to the Steuben Club, which was German.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 04:39 PM   #69
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Nice building.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #70
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Looks good.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 07:40 AM   #71
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Very fascinating and unique..

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Old January 17th, 2012, 05:32 AM   #72
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Even though I would love to have this torn down and have a 1000+ ft skyscraper put here this building is very fascinating and unique I wouldnt want to see it demolished. I would much rather see a huge luxury mall put here.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #73
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Whats with the ""... If there not doing anything with this building, might as well put something in it. I love the building & the way it looks but I would rather see something come about this project then it just becoming vanished..
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Old January 20th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #74
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Whats with the ""... If there not doing anything with this building, might as well put something in it. I love the building & the way it looks but I would rather see something come about this project then it just becoming vanished..
Did you not read any of the thread? It is being rehabbed into high end apartments and is having the full terra cotta facade restored.

For anyone to ever think of tearing this building down in today's day and age is pathetic.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 07:12 AM   #75
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Did you not read any of the thread? It is being rehabbed into high end apartments and is having the full terra cotta facade restored.

For anyone to ever think of tearing this building down in today's day and age is pathetic.
Dam! My bad for not reading every single post on this thread. Well anything would be better than to just leave it alone is all I'm basically saying.
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