No Spike In Dead People In Chicago’s Gold Coast

A proposal to turn the amazing old, yet somehow still abandoned, Three Arts Club Building into a columbarium is off.

For those of you not up to speed on the proposal, columbarium is a fancy word for a mausoleum where the ashes of the dead are kept.  Mausoleum is a fancy word for dead people warehouse.

At the beginning of November we reported on a proposal to fill the Three Arts Building with the deceased. It seemed like a perfect use.  No noise; minimal traffic; a respectful use of a beautiful building.  But it looks like it’s not going to happen, as a letter from the person behind the project makes clear:

Hopefully the Three Arts Building will find new life among the living.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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