The Viceroy Prepares to Crown the Gold Coast

Downtown Chicago’s newest boutique hotel is about to plant roots in the city’s Gold Coast.  Foundation permits have been issued for the Viceroy Hotel, a Frankensteinian effort to save the old Hotel Cedar (1118 North State Street).

Viceroy Hotel Cedar

Rendering of the Viceroy Chicago

Foundation, first floor slab and columns through the underside of the second floor for a proposed 18 story hotel- 1118 NORTH STATE STREET

Salvage crews have been working since October pulling the facade off of the old building.  They’ll keep what they can, store it for now, then fix it up and re-apply it to the base of the new building. This kind of facade-ectomy is not unusual in Chicago. The McGraw-Hill building at 520 North Michigan Avenue is one example of where this has happened before.  More recently, it happened down the street at the Ritz-Carlton Residences (664 North Michigan Avenue). That bulge on the corner that doesn’t quite go with the main tower is the former Farwell Building.  It’s now the Ritz’s parking garage.

Meanwhile, back at the Cedar, now that the good bits of the original building are safely in storage, the rest of the structure has been demolished and work can begin on the new 18-story glass tower designed by Goettsch Partners that will take its place.  You can see the last moments of the old building in the photograph below by man-above-town, Joe Zekas at YoChicago!

Hotel Cedar demolition (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

Hotel Cedar demolition (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)


Location: 1118 North State Street, Gold Coast

Author: Editor

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