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Old Colony Building apartments, 407 S Dearborn St, Loop

Old Colony Building

The Old Colony Building, 407 S Dearborn St, is a 17-story Chicago landmark designed by Holabird & Roche. When it was completed in 1894 it was the tallest building in the city. The Historic American Building Survey described the Old Colony Building as “Stately, perfectly proportioned, pure in outline and exquisite in tint … Built ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Fisher Building apartments, 343 S Dearborn St, Loop

Fisher Building

The Fisher Building is a 20-story, 184-unit vintage apartment tower in Chicago’s Loop. The D.H. Burnham & Company-designed building, a Chicago landmark, was built in 1896 and added to in 1906. The 20-story addition followed the style of the original 18-story building except for the classic bay windows. The elaborate terra cotta ornamentation on the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 6, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Blending modern and vintage in Chicago’s grandest courtyard

The Pattington

The grand connected courtyard buildings that span more than 400 feet a half-block from Lincoln Park are among Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks. Welcome to The Pattington, a Landmarks Preservation Council award-winning building with on-site resident parking, a private children’s playground, and a park-like tree-shrouded seating area. Unit 7F at 674 W Irving Park Rd is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 4, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Randolph Tower, 188 W Randolph St, Loop

Randolph Tower Chicago

The 45-story, 313-unit Randolph Tower, 188 W Randolph St, opened for occupancy in the first quarter of 2012 after undergoing a complete renovation. Retail and office space is available on the building’s lower floors. An on-site restaurant / bar is slated to open in the fall of 2013. The Gothic Revival building, completed in 1929, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 3, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Does Erie on the Park have River North’s best outdoor spaces?

Erie on the Park Chicago

We noted a few days ago that the Tribune’s Blair Kamin is back in town. Kamin had quite a bit to say back in October of 2002 on the topic of Lucien Lagrange’s Erie on the Park, 510 W Erie. A sampling: There are so many monuments to mediocrity rising into the sky west of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 16, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

City places landmark Raber House up for bid

John Raber House

The City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development has put the John Raber House, a Chicago landmark, up for bid. The home, at 5760 S Lafayette in the Washington Park neighborhood, is on a 75 x 100 foot lot, all that remains of its original six-acre plot. The Italianate home pre-dates the great Chicago fire ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 16, 2013
ChicagoFar North

The Sheridan Park 6-flats, built to look like mansions

Bryan Lathrop House, Chicago

The 6-flat has long been one of Chicago’s most popular housing types – so popular, in fact, that you can find very few in lakefront neighborhoods that haven’t been converted to condominiums. One of the densest concentrations of architecturally-interesting 6-flats can be found in the Sheridan Park neighborhood in Uptown. Sheridan Park is home to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 22, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

A park bordered on 3 sides by parking lots

Aerial view of Armour Square Park

Armour Square is one of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The Chinatown neighborhood occupies the northern part of Armour Square. US Cellular Field and the CHA’s Wentworth Gardens fill out the southern stretch of Armour Square. The neighborhood is also home to Armour Square Park, which was known variously as Park No. 3 and Armour Square, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 5, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The South Loop’s tranquil Prairie District

Prairie District, Chicago

From the air, the Prairie District appears to be anything but tranquil. It’s ringed by modern high-rise condos and apartments, and bordered on the east by railroad tracks, Soldier Field, McCormick Place and Lake Shore Drive. Take a walk around the Prairie District on a sunny summer day. The density largely evaporates into residential tranquility, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

New homes patterned after old in DePaul

2053 N Fremont Chicago

If you’re looking for modern architecture in a new home, the DePaul – Sheffield neighborhood isn’t the place to look for it. Virtually all of the new construction is relentlessly contextual, taking its cues from its late 19th century neighbors. That appears to be the case for the two new 6-bedroom, 5 ½ bath homes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 20, 2012
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Columbus Park, an idealized prairie in Austin

Columbus Park Chicago

The Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side is home to one of the city’s most beautiful parks. Columbus Park was conceived 100 years ago, and landscape architect Jens Jensen began its design on a 150-acre parcel in 1915. The park has had its ups and downs over the years, including the loss of acreage for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2012
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Why we haven’t written about Prentice

Old Prentice

The heated controversy over the preservation of Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Streeterville is near an endgame following yesterday’s decision by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. We have not, until now, written a word about the dispute over the building’s future. The reasons are simple: our focus is on residential projects; every other media ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 2, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Ridding oneself entirely of the coal and servant problems

Belden Stratford Chicago

The documents prepared to nominate properties or districts for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places are often wonderfully entertaining reads. It’s a pity that so very few of them are available online. The following quotes are taken from the submission for the Belden Stratford, 2300 N Lincoln Park West, pictured above. The document ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2012
North suburbsPark Ridge

Spanish Town in Park Ridge? Who knew?

Trib Local is reporting on the potential landmarking of a 1920′s villa in the Spanish Town neighborhood of Park Ridge. Spanish Town? Who knew? This one may merit the real estate cliché of “the best kept secret in town.”

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 8, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

Rent the Dewes Mansion for $15,000

Dewes Mansion, Lincoln Park

Don’t reach for your checkbook just yet – that’s apparently only the daily rent for one of Chicago’s grandest homes, according to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business. We wrote about the home, at 503 W Wrightwood Ave, in Lincoln Park, when it first came on the market last November. The asking price is still ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 6, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Whither the Chicago columbarium?

Architecture critic Lynn Becker reports that the landmark Three Arts Club will not be converted to a columbarium, but that the developers still consider that concept viable. What other sites would be appropriate? Anyone plugging for the Chicago Ex-Spire?

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 28, 2009