That’s SOM Nice Building Going Into Fulton Market

The plan to replace a nearly windowless brick industrial building in Fulton Market with a somewhat nicer brick building with improved windows has been tossed out the window.  Now on the plate:  A proper office tower.

The location of 820 West Fulton Market, the former Isaacson and Stein Fish Company.  (Via Apple Maps)

The location of 800 West Fulton Market, the former Isaacson and Stein Fish Company. (Via Apple Maps)

New York’s Thor Equities had planned to put up a four-story brick office building at the corner of Fulton Market and Green Street.  But now Thor’s swinging a bigger hammer, aiming for an 18-story glass tower designed by downtown neighbor SOM.

The design includes a couple of comfortingly familiar elements: The setbacks of the West Loop’s UBS Tower, and the muscular cross-braces of 875 North Michigan.

  • Address: 800-824 West Fulton Market
  • Address: 300-314 North Halsted Street
  • Address: 801-825 West Wayman
  • Address: 301-305 North Green Street
  • Developer: Thor Equities
  • Architecture firm: SOM
  • Area: 37,947 square feet
  • Zoning: DX-5 and C2-5  → DX-7 → Business Planned Development
  • Floor area ratio: 11.5 (7.0 base + 4.5 bonus)
  • Floors: 18
  • Length: 252 feet, five inches
  • Width 150 feet, 4 ⅓ inches
  • Automobile parking spaces: 50
  • Office access: via North Green Street
  • Parking garage access: via West Wayman Street
  • Loading docks: 2

Location: 820 West Fulton Market, West Town

Author: Editor

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