Construction Update
Starting a New Colony in The Loop

Old Colony Building under renovation

Chicago’s venerable Old Colony Building (407 South Dearborn Street) is undergoing a transformation.  CA Ventures is turning the 120-year-old Holabird & Root office building into student housing.  When it opens, it will have 488 beds in 108 residences.

Uptown Spy Dan sent in these photos of the work well underway.  If you’re the sort of person who has a library of Chicago building photos, you may not quite recognize it.  That’s because until recently it was soot gray.  Now it’s had a good scrub and is showing the honey color we know so well from Joliet limestone.

Location: 407 South Dearborn Street, The Loop

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