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Mr Downtown Nov 19, 2014 1:49 AM

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Originally Posted by wierdaaron (Post 6812818)
Anything to look out for in terms of a proper restoration?

Landmarks is requiring them to preserve the historic element of the office hallways that remain, so the story will be different on every floor. The main point of interest will be in how residential privacy concerns are addressed in places where the hallways were lined with glass doors or windows.

LouisVanDerWright Nov 19, 2014 2:17 AM

The most interesting part of that restoration will be how, as Mr. DT says, the few remaining corridors are recycled into the design. They are going through great lengths to retain the feel of a Film Noir style office building wherever possible and it will be interesting to see how they make it work.

wierdaaron Nov 19, 2014 2:27 AM

The firm's other student housing rehab at Jackson/Wabash has a kind of contempo interior design, like ikea/CB2. I think that would clash with the kinda Monadnock-looking office interior they're supposed to restore, so I'm curious what kind of design style they could go with that would be appealing to art school kids.

Ned.B Nov 19, 2014 5:04 AM

Have any of you been in the Fisher Building? I'm guessing the approach will be similar to what was done there. The glass was sandblasted or backed up with film. Some doors became unit entries, others were walled off from behind. It all works, though admittedly there is a little lost privacy, since all your neighbors can tell when you are home by the lights shining through the glass.

Is this the same architecture firm or the same developer? If so that is kind of disappointing since there was a lot of shoddy detailing and craftsmanship in the Steger Building rehab.

wierdaaron Nov 19, 2014 5:06 AM

Same venture management company, not sure if it's the same architect or contractors. I'll find out for the story.

Ned.B Nov 19, 2014 5:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Hayward (Post 6812750)
I can be sure it's salvageable even from an armchair perspective. Just look what was salvaged of the same-sage destroyed buildings in Detroit that had been subjected to decades of nasty winters without roofs or windows and countless fires. I'm sure the south side of the building will require substantial reconstruction. Hopefully the money will be there.

Hopefully it helps that the building was officially landmarked several months ago. The city has a little leverage on the developer to do the right thing, and as long as the building isn't deemed an immediate safety threat, any demolition permit request would also have to be reviewed by all of the same groups.

spyguy Nov 19, 2014 6:12 AM

Mag Mile Verizon store
 
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7567/...18f49354_c.jpg
Verizon Destination Store Grand Opening 1 by nextgenindy, on Flickr

I was never a fan of the previous building, but this looks really tacky.

Before for reference:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/83/25...5db_z.jpg?zz=1
Plaza Escada by Zolk, on Flickr

UrbanLibertine Nov 19, 2014 7:02 AM

I much much much prefer the Rodeo Drive knock off.

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Originally Posted by spyguy (Post 6813068)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7567/...18f49354_c.jpg
Verizon Destination Store Grand Opening 1 by nextgenindy, on Flickr

I was never a fan of the previous building, but this looks really tacky.

Before for reference:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/83/25...5db_z.jpg?zz=1
Plaza Escada by Zolk, on Flickr


munchymunch Nov 19, 2014 1:36 PM

Lakeshore Athletic Club sold
 
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/reale...-mag-mile-mall


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Watch out, Water Tower Place, you could soon lose your spot as the Magnificent Mile's biggest mall.

Nine blocks south, the owner of the Shops at North Bridge is expanding its footprint on North Michigan Avenue.

In its latest move, North Bridge owner Macerich agreed to buy the site at 441 N. Wabash Ave. where the former Lakeshore Athletic Club building was recently razed, according to people familiar with the deal. Though a Macerich spokeswoman did not return calls, the acquisition is a possible sign that the Santa Monica, Calif.-based real estate investment trust plans a major expansion of North Bridge to the south.

The vacant property is just southwest of the 680,000-square-foot vertical mall at 520 N. Michigan Ave. and an adjacent 24-story office building at 500 N. Michigan Ave. that Macerich bought in 2012. Macerich plans to expand North Bridge into the lower floors of the office building, creating at least 40,000 square feet of retail space.

the urban politician Nov 19, 2014 1:53 PM

^ Looks like that lot won't remain vacant as long as we feared, which is great.

I really hope they don't take design cues from the original North Bridge Mall. No more concrete bunkers, please!

munchymunch Nov 19, 2014 1:57 PM

Yes this better not be short little turd. Which is what Mecerich seems to only develop based on there website.

The article did mention they might want join up with developer here, to add residential, and hotel. This is pretty much a must do, so can we get something really big?

cbotnyse Nov 19, 2014 2:00 PM

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Originally Posted by munchymunch (Post 6813200)

Please not another windowless shopping mall extension. This site deserves something spectacular and it now seems like the chances of that happening has shrunk.

harryc Nov 19, 2014 2:07 PM

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Originally Posted by cbotnyse (Post 6813219)
Please not another windowless shopping mall extension. This site deserves something spectacular and it now seems like the chances of that happening has shrunk.


2013

SamInTheLoop Nov 19, 2014 2:45 PM

^ ^^ ^^^ et al.

I believe Macerich will likely need to be pressured to do something high-quality and a break from North Bridge's sorry urban design 'legacy'. I think from their perspective, they will see little financial motivation to substantially raise the design caliber at North Bridge......

marothisu Nov 19, 2014 3:02 PM

St. Bernard's Hospital in Englewood was issued a permit for a replacement hospital. The only thing I could find was from 2011. I don't think these will be 100% accurate as the permit calls for 3 stories and the renderings below are more.

http://www.ktarch.net/content/saint-...o-illinois-usa

http://colorscopy.com/projects/ktarc..._quality_0.jpg

http://colorscopy.com/projects/ktarc...0elevation.jpg

jcchii Nov 19, 2014 4:19 PM

it needs to meet the street with doors on all sides, including wabash and "lower hubbard" if you will

then ditch the skywalk

Ch.G, Ch.G Nov 19, 2014 4:31 PM

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Originally Posted by spyguy (Post 6813068)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7567/...18f49354_c.jpg
Verizon Destination Store Grand Opening 1 by nextgenindy, on Flickr

I was never a fan of the previous building, but this looks really tacky.

Before for reference:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/83/25...5db_z.jpg?zz=1
Plaza Escada by Zolk, on Flickr

Really, really hideous. How is it that SOAR can pressure a university to adopt higher design standards in a sleepier, less trafficked corner of Streeterville (something for which I'm really glad, mind you), but there's no interest group to do the same for the city's marquee retail corridor? Similarly, the aldermen have no issue inserting themselves into other developments, so why not this one? Chicago markets Michigan Avenue as one of the world's premiere shopping destinations. I defy anyone to defend this hybridized monstrosity as worthy of that designation. What a travesty.

Ch.G, Ch.G Nov 19, 2014 4:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cbotnyse (Post 6813219)
Please not another windowless shopping mall extension. This site deserves something spectacular and it now seems like the chances of that happening has shrunk.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SamInTheLoop (Post 6813243)
^ ^^ ^^^ et al.

I believe Macerich will likely need to be pressured to do something high-quality and a break from North Bridge's sorry urban design 'legacy'. I think from their perspective, they will see little financial motivation to substantially raise the design caliber at North Bridge......

Agreed. I don't think this is good news. There needs to be a moratorium on downtown mall construction/expansion.

Chi-Sky21 Nov 19, 2014 4:49 PM

That red clock is hideous.

trvlr70 Nov 19, 2014 5:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spyguy (Post 6813068)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7567/...18f49354_c.jpg
Verizon Destination Store Grand Opening 1 by nextgenindy, on Flickr

I was never a fan of the previous building, but this looks really tacky.

Before for reference:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/83/25...5db_z.jpg?zz=1
Plaza Escada by Zolk, on Flickr

*gasp*
Just dreadful. But perfect for a Foot Locker. Yuck!


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