Blair Kamin is back in Chicago

Blair Kamin, the Tribune’s award-winning architecture critic, has spent the past year at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. He’s apparently back in Chicago and has just weighed in on the recently-unwrapped renovation of the Wrigley Building, which he finds to be both “a visual feast” and lacking in some respects.

Kamin’s conclusion:

The exacting restoration of the building’s terra cotta and the careful renovation of other features is an enlightened example of historic preservation, one that should be celebrated after recent missteps. But for the Wrigley rehab to truly thrive, it must also be an urban design success, one that enhances the vitality of the cityscape even as it dazzles us with visual delights.

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