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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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Revisiting an award-winner in the South Loop deadpool

X/O Condos

Five years ago today we noted that X/O Condominiums had won a National Association of Home Builders Gold Award for design excellence, and had been the recipient of several other awards. A little over a year later we relayed the news that X/O had defaulted on its loans and was headed for the deadpool. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 20, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park 2550 50% sold four-plus years after first hitting that mark

Aerial view of Lincoln Park

We’ve been following the progress of the development now known as Lincoln Park 2550 for quite some time. It’s been nearly nine years since a previous developer, American Invsco, announced that Lakeview on Lincoln Park was 30% sold prior to its debut party. In March of 2007 a new developer, Ricker-Murphy, launched the sales effort ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Quote of the day – overbuilding, the story of Chicago

McCaffery Interests, Children's Memorial

You’re more likely to hear a machine alderman criticize the mayor than you are to hear a major architect publicly criticize a major development proposal. Successful Chicago architects, like aldermen, are highly political animals and keenly aware of the potential consequences of their public utterances. So, it comes as a surprise to learn that Lucien ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 6, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Quote of the day – usable rooftop surfaces fundamental to modernism

Erie on the Park, Chicago

Several scaffolds and teams of workmen were hanging from Erie on the Park, 510 W Erie, last week. The building, which was completed 10 years ago, was dubbed “Little John” by the Tribune’s Blair Kamin, who saw in it a resemblance to Big John, i.e. Chicago’s Hancock Building. I’ve seen both buildings many times and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 8, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A grandly-proportioned 3-bedroom at 840 North Lake Shore Drive

840 Lake Shore Drive

Lucien Lagrange’s Parisian-influenced 840 North Lake Shore Drive sits at a prominent corner across from Lake Shore Park and Lake Michigan. The 7-year old building has no more than three units per floor, all of them luxurious, all with high ceilings and the kind of thoughtful, comfortable layouts you rarely see in newer construction but ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 18, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lucien Lagrange’s finest achievement

X/O Condominiums

If you had to choose a single word to characterize well-known architects as a group, you’d be unlikely to choose “humility.” Frank Lloyd Wright, for example, is quoted as having said that “Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 4, 2011

Lagrange bids the biz adieu

“Of the type that does upscale condos, can you think of a better architect?” – Architect Stanley Tigerman, speaking to Crain’s about Lucien Lagrange‘s retirement, which comes on the heels of his firm’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Judging from old comments on this site, I’m not sure many of our readers would share ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on July 15, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A new angle on Ten East Delaware

Wait a second — how was I able to look down on Ten East Delaware? Could it be that I finally made my way into Walton on the Park? (Could it be that Walton on the Park is almost ready for occupants, for that matter?) Hmm…maybe I’ll tell you on Tuesday. In the meantime, compare ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 24, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Quote of the day: Elysian's troublesome top

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, on the Elysian: If all we do is laugh at traditionalism, rather than figuring out how to do it better, then the joke’s on us. …[The Elysian's] ridiculously overscaled top, which resembles a giant thimble or a Shriner’s hat, is a major blot on the skyline…The enlarged roof is a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 15, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Promotions from the past: Lincoln Park 2520

This afternoon I set up the camera and cracked open the brick that is the Lincoln Park 2520 marketing packet. As much as we laugh about its heft, it really is a nicely put-together piece of promotion, the kind that we may not see again for quite some time.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 2, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Shoulda, woulda, coulda: Catalyst in the West Loop

Our file cabinets (real and virtual) are filled with all sorts of renderings and sales materials, some for projects long since finished, others for projects that never went anywhere. As we pass from the Aughts to the Teens, it might be fun to look back occasionally at what might have been. Today’s selection was easy ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 15, 2009
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A new glimpse inside The Elysian

A special word of thanks to the Chicago Architecture Blog for sharing the link to this strangely silent video, released in conjunction with the opening of The Elysian‘s hotel. I haven’t heard much out of The Elysian lately, so it’s no surprise that I, like CAB, missed yesterday’s grand opening ceremony. Hopefully I can get ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 10, 2009
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Revisiting The Pinnacle in River North

Five years after its completion, The Pinnacle at 21 E Huron St has proven to be one of the most desirable towers in River North. The 49-story tower, developed by the Fordham Company and designed by Lucien Lagrange Architects, is the site of 22 resales and a handful of condos available for rent. Here’s a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 9, 2009
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Crain's: No more hugs and kisses for X/O

Kargil Development faces a $20 million foreclosure suit over its proposed X/O Condominiums high-rises in the South Loop, according to Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily. .

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Posted by Joseph Askins on September 30, 2009
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Construction checkup: River North high-rises

I stopped by a cluster of River North developments this Friday to check up on the progress of their construction. From ground level The Elysian looks virtually completed, with an equipment truck and tarps being the only signs of continued work. Walton on the Park is coming along, with about 30 of its planned 39 ...

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Posted by erik stonikas on September 21, 2009
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Construction checkup: Ten East Delaware

The new River North tower Ten East Delaware should be getting close to being ready for its first occupants: Its website claims that one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be available sometime this fall. Seventeen of those units are currently listed from the $560s for a one-bedroom to $2.25 million for a penthouse. The uppermost ...

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Posted by erik stonikas on September 18, 2009