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Height: 310 ft
Floor count: 26
Location: North St. Clair and East Ohio
Construction end: 2007
Architect: Brinstool & Lynch
Developer: Sutherland Pearsall Development Corp.

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This building looks pretty damn good to me. It's being designed by Brinstool + Lynch the same people that did designed LoftHaus (one of my favourite new buildings going up) and the new Racine Art Museum which has gotten a lot of press. I like the glass tower look to it and design of the garage is tastefully done. I counted the number of stories and it looks to me like it's 28 stories tall, but heard that it was 26 somewhere else. it will have 110 units a mixture of studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments.

Looking Hot! this could be the best addition of modernism to streeterville since lake point tower was constructed.
 

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How the hell could you compare that to Ontario Place??? The Windsor @ Ontario is a hulking piece of black garbage... a true travesty in the skyline. If this reminds me of anything, it would be a more refined version of 2 E. Erie.

At any rate... what does any of this have to do with Larry Booth or MoMo?
 

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I'm praying to GOD that the ground-level is interactive. The structure is alright, I love the glass walls, but the base seems like it doesn't go with the building, which is I suppose typical for the tower/podium thing. The base is itself very interesting architecturally, it just really doesn't belong with that tower. In contrast to the tower, it looks dead and heavy.
 

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I don't see much wrong with it TUP. They're an unfortunate necessary evil these days (damn rich people and their damn cars) and this seems like a fine enough way to handle it to me. Underground would obviously be better, but, it's usually not an option in the swamp that we call Chicago.
 

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^I agree completely, Geoff. I am just saying that this parking garage base looks like ass. I'm not saying we should build parking garages that have cute little windows with flowers (like the Bernardin), but at least build something other than a giant windowless cube.

I'd rather just NOT be able to tell that it's a parking garage (ie Trump Tower) and have it look like the rest of the building than what we're seeing now. I hope too many of these types don't get built
 

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TUP--I agree. It would great for them to be completely shielded, i.e. look like the rest of the building. This is a place where, unless the form is spectacular, form SHOULD definitely not follow function.
 

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Blair Kamin would disagree with you two. He wrote an article explaining how architects should learn to design parking garages with more dignity and architectural value rather. He specifically compared to the new parking garage on clark street designed to resemble a building versus the Ralph Johnson apartment garage on Wells to make his point. I personlly think the parking garage actually compliments the building so that it doesn't like another glass tower. Also we really don't know what this grey cube is, it's probably cement or concrete, but what if it's like a screen or stone or something, then it would look really cool, that's what i'm counting on.
 

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I like the design, and I don't mind the parking garage either. At least it isn't trying to harken back to a French Chatau (Fordham?) or some other very inappropriate historical vernacular which should never be applied to a highrise of the 21st century. And at least there aren't town houses stacked upon top of the parking structure (Fordham again).There are far too many buildings that have been and are being put up that look like a mish-mash of historical design or a bland concrete box. This is quite appropriate for the current time.
 

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Losing Walgreens!? That has never seemed like much of an issue since for every one that we knock down we build 6 more.
 
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