Was The Peshtigo a better building than 500 Lake Shore Drive?

My short answer: no. In my take, a built building is always better than an unbuilt one.

The legions of architectural critics can weigh in on the very different issue of Ralph Johnson’s design concept for The Peshtigo vs the reality of 500 Lake Shore Drive, the recently-opened Streeterville rental high-rise.

You can get a 360-degree look at the scale model for The Peshtigo in YoChicago’s video visit to the sales center, five years ago today. Then-sales director Mike Kelly highlighted some of the building’s elements and noted that it was “projected to break ground in March of 2009 with first deliveries in June of 2011.” It didn’t happen, as sales went into the dumpster, followed by plans for The Peshtigo.

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