Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice
Jun19

Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice

As we count down the days until Bertrand Goldberg’s former Prentice Women’s Hospital becomes just a memory, we received a very fortunate phone call. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has been taking pictures of the Prentice demolition from his office window since it started.  With the end near, he used our Tip Line to get in touch, and sent along a couple of dozen...

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The Division Street Bridge: See it While You Can
Jun17

The Division Street Bridge: See it While You Can

  One of Chicago’s oldest bridges will soon become a memory. As we reported earlier this year, the eastern Division Street Bridge is going to be torn down and replaced with a newer, and admittedly better, bridge.  But that doesn’t mean the old bridge doesn’t deserve some appreciation. It was built over a hundred years ago and its design was considered revolutionary at the time.  As Chicago Architecture Blog...

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How One of Chicago’s Award-Winning Buildings, And A Family’s Memories, Disappeared Overnight
Jun10

How One of Chicago’s Award-Winning Buildings, And A Family’s Memories, Disappeared Overnight

One week ago, a couple of buildings at 849 West Armitage Avenue were smashed to bits. I snuck through the surrounding fence on Saturday morning to survey the rubble. There was some mangled, twisted cable and other detritus. It bore no resemblance to the studio that once stood there. Until recently, the 2,500-square-foot property was the home and workplace of architect Howard Alan. The rear building was unusual looking, and innovative...

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200 North Michigan Now A Negative Building
Jun05

200 North Michigan Now A Negative Building

As we eagerly await the construction of downtown Chicago’s newest residential skyscraper, we patiently watch as 200 North Michigan disappears into the ground. Loop Spy Daniel sent in an updated photograph of the demolition progress, and he says workers have gotten below street level. Of course, in this part of Chicago what is “street level” is subject to interpretation.  Many of the streets in this area are two, and...

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Deconstructing Chicago: 200 North Michigan Makes Way For 200 North Michigan
May21

Deconstructing Chicago: 200 North Michigan Makes Way For 200 North Michigan

The six-story office and retail building at 200 North Michigan Avenue continues to lose stature as demolition crews tear it apart, brick from slab. This photo from Loop Spy Daniel shows the building down to about two floors now. You may remember it as home to a Starbucks, a luggage store, a jewelry store, and various ticky-tacky tourist shops. Next up for the space is a 42-story residential tower designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL...

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Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan
Apr13

Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan

A couple of weeks ago, George Simkins with Vis-à-vis Creative shared a time-lapse video of the demolition of the office building at 200 North Michigan.  The process is still ongoing, and as you can see from the photo on the right, the building is down to just three stories, from the six it originally had. Last week, Mr. Simkins sent us a follow-up video (above) showing the little miniature construction vehicles pulling down one of the...

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Deconstructing Chicago: Prentice Becomes a Platform
Apr09

Deconstructing Chicago: Prentice Becomes a Platform

Over the last year, we’ve shown you lots of pictures of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital being demolished by work crews.  To date, those pictures have always been from the ground.  But here’s another perspective on it.  From above, the Prentice demolition leaves a clover-shaped platform open in the middle of Streeterville.  So if you have a lunar lander that doesn’t fit in your building’s parking...

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Time Lapse Video: Disassembling 200 North Michigan
Mar25

Time Lapse Video: Disassembling 200 North Michigan

Thanks to Looney Tunes, we all have a pretty basic understanding of how demolition works when the tools involved are a crane and a wrecking ball.  But a couple of days ago, Loop Spy Daniel sent in a picture showing the office building at 200 North Michigan being disassembled by JCB’s.  Wile E. Coyote would not approve. So, how does that work?  George Simkins at corporate video production company Vis-a-viseo shows us in the video...

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Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan
Mar24

Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan

Loop Spy Daniel sent in another great picture recently.  it shows the demolition of the smallish office building at 200 North Michigan Avenue. From the street, there’s not much to see here, though lots can be heard.  From LSD’s bird’s eye point of view, he can see what the rest of us can’t: From on top of the floor they break it up using a small skid loader and a tool I can’t quite make out.  From the...

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Status Update: Erasing Prentice
Feb11

Status Update: Erasing Prentice

Methodically, the former Prentice Women’s Hospital is being erased from Chicago’s skyline.  This picture came in over the weekend from our own Wendy Bright who’s been keeping an eye on the Bertrand Goldberg building’s deconstruction. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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