New Flagship Starbucks Cuts Wood, Stacks Bricks

Our recent series of articles on the flagship Starbucks to be built at 1003 North Rush Street have been very popular (previous coverage here, here, and here). According to Google Analytics, tens of thousands of people have read them. So when someone e-mailed me a revised drawing of the building, I thought I should post it here right away, and using some fancy schmancy special effects.

If you have an up-to-date web browser, you should see a little “handle” in the middle of the Starbucks store pictured above. Go ahead and drag it with your mouse cursor to the left and right to see the original, and revised building design.

The biggest change is the elimination of all the vertical wood treatment on the facade. It’s been replaced with brick. Also the second drawing includes a Starbucks sign. This is an important detail, because at a community forum earlier this month, people living in the neighborhood expressed concern about signage. Now they can see for themselves the scale of the siren.

Author: Editor

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