Potential New Chicago Architectural Gem Needs More Time To Shine

While the vast majority of architectural tourists stick to the wonders of downtown Chicago, there are dozens and dozens of wonderful buildings dusted across the city, from Beverly to Bronzeville to Bucktown and beyond.  You can even find great buildings in Racine and Gary without much effort at all.

Rendering of the new Giordano Dance Chicago building (via bKL Architecture)
Rendering of the new Giordano Dance Chicago building (via bKL Architecture)

Back in 2017, we told you about a new neighborhood nugget that was going to rise in Old Town Triangle: The Giordano Dance Chicago building.  The bKL design would take the 1800’s Herman Baptist Church building at 1754 North Clark Street and adapt it for a new life as an arts center.

It’s designed a 70-foot-tall geometric glass wave that will encompass the old building, while providing ground floor commercial space, a rooftop terrace, offices, and of course, dance studios.

But we wrote that about 2½ years ago.  So the developer of the project has filed paperwork with the city asking for more time to move forward with the transformation.

Type 1 zoning ordinance is expiring and Applicant needs additional time to construct the proposed building.

Zoning application 20420-T1, June 17, 2020

While it’s sad this building isn’t underway yet, at least with the filing of the extension application, we get a few more details about this project:

  • Address: 1754 North Clark Street
  • Developer: Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago, Inc.
  • Zoning: B3-5 Community Shopping District → B3-5 Type1 Community Shopping District
  • Site area: 5,545 square feet
  • Building size: 27,725 square feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Length: 129 feet, 7 inches
  • Width: 50 feet, 1 inch
  • Floor area ratio: 5.0
  • Roof deck height: 61 feet

Location: 1754 North Clark Street, Old Town Triangle

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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