Work continues on the charming and historic Three Arts Club Building (1300 North Dearborn Parkway) in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. What’s that you say? How can there be work on the Three Arts Building? That surprised us, too, when an anonymous Gold Coast Spy sent in photos of the construction and said it’s been going on for months.
When we last wrote about the Three Arts Club Building back in September, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks had just rejected Restoration Hardware’s plan for converting the building into a retail store. Specifically, it asked for permission to cover up some of the interior features. Landmarks sent it back to committee for discussion.
A few days later, a permit was issues to allow for some masonry repairs, and a few weeks ago, permits were issued to work on the building’s foundation. Permits were already approved in January to demolish non-load-bearing walls and to demolish select portions of the interior, like wall supports, toilets, and elevators (issued in August).
In early November, the Landmarks Commission unanimously recommended to the city council that the redeveloper be given tax credits for rehabbing the landmark building.