Week Links: June 1, 2012

  • Lucien Lagrange calls himself a “basket case.”
  • While mass transit companies elsewhere build 100-story buildings and huge shopping malls around its stations, the Tribune wrings its hands over whether the CTA’s new Green/Pink line Morgan Station is too fancy.
  • 900 DeWitt PlaceAnother Chicago residential building wants to become a hotel.  900 DeWitt Place, which is tucked behind the John Hancock Center, has filed paperwork with the city of Chicago to convert at least part of itself into a hotel with a restaurant.
  • In case we haven’t mentioned this before, the opening date for the new Burberry flagship store (633 North Michigan Avenue) is November 11, 2011.
  • There’s even more retail drama on State Street.  Not too long ago, the owners of the building which currently houses Old Navy (35 North State Street) issued a press release for no apparent reason trumpeting the fact that its lease was renewed and solid through 2017.  It was a strangely conspicuous move that left a lot of people scratching their heads.  Then a few weeks ago we were told by our Gold Coast spy that the Old Navy store would leave its current location and move into the former Borders space on State and Randolph (150 North State Street).  We didn’t mention it because we were waiting for a second source.  That second source has arrived in the form of a Sun-Times article which confirms what we were told.  But there’s another twist — the people who own 35 North State continue to insist that the lease from The Gap (which owns Old Navy) will continue, speculating that The Gap might put other experimental brands in the former Old Navy space.  But wait, there’s more!  Women’s Wear Daily reports (no link, sorry — dead tree edition) that The Gap is looking at brick-and-mortar spaces for its currently online-only store called Piperlime.  Could 35 North State become one of the first Piperlime stores?  Or maybe an expansion of The Gap’s other expansion brand, Athleta, which recently opened a store in the Lake View neighborhood.
  • If you “like” the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance on Facebook, you can get White Sox tickets for half price.  Linky
  • If you live in Uptown, or are a fan of historic theater architecture, there’s a freeish opportunity for you this weekend.  People who go to the Vintage Bazaar being held at the Aragon Ballroom this Sunday ($5 admission) can get a free tour of the building’s architecture and history.   Details on the market here.

Author: Editor

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

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  1. What mass transit company built a 100 storey building??

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    • Editor

      When the post was written, I was originally thinking of MTR, the mass transit company in Hong Kong which built the 118-story International Commerce Centre, and Tobu Railway (like Metra for Tokyo), which built the Tokyo Skytree, which is 2,080 feet tall.

      A little closer to home you maybe familiar with a city called “New York” where the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey built a pair of 110-story towers in the 1970’s. They were destroyed in an event called “9/11” and are being replaced right now by a 104-story building called One World Trade Center.

      And while it no longer operates commuter services, at the time that it built the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower in Toronto, the Canadian National Railway did have transit lines.

      And if you’re not strictly about height, in San Francisco, a group of transit companies and government agencies called the Transbay Joint Powers Authority is building an 80-story building on the site of the old Transbay bus terminal. It was originally going to be just a few feet shorter than the Willis Tower, but had to be scaled back because of air traffic and shadow concerns.

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