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The “silly thing” on the roof of Chestnut Place

by Joe Zekas on 6/26/14

The odd structure on the roof of Chestnut Place was, for a period of time, even more odd. From the Art Institute’s oral history of architect Ben Weese:

Richard Haas, our second connection with him was to do the lobby of 850 N State, the Chestnut Place apartments. We asked him to paint the penthouse, which is kind of like a shed building on the top of this building and he did something that made it look like a cuckoo clock. I’m happy to say that we’re now painting it out in a color that would just call less attention to this silly thing with a faux hole in it. We asked him also to paint a cornice on the top of this building, so we were also concerned … The tops of buildings really are very important.

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