Residential Tower Gets Clipped in Viagra Triangle

The intersection of State and Rush Streets used to be known for its clip joints.  Now the latest residential tower proposed for the  cleaned-up neighborhood is getting a clip of its own.   (If you don’t know what a “clip joint” is, ask you dad when mom’s not around.)

October 2020 rendering of 1130 North State (via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins)
October 2020 rendering of 1130 North State (via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins)

Newcastle Limited (Go Magpies!) has scaled back its proposal for 1130 North State Street.  It wants to replace the dead Barnes and Noble bookstore with a shiny glass skyscraper.  This was the next-to-last Barnes and Noble in Chicago.  The last one is over at North and Clybourn.  Bring a face mask, and your camera so you can show your grandkids what a “book store” was.

It was a little over a year ago that we told you that Newcastle’s original plan for a 39-story tower with 360 new homes was scotched by Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins.  A baker’s dozen months later, the geordies are back with a more modest proposal: 29 stories and 299 new homes in the sky.

The new design slices the building’s height by 129 feet, which is more compatible with the DX-7 zoning already in force for this patch of peat.

Initially, the adjacent Lou Malnati’s restaurant building won’t be harmed in the making of this film.  But there are long-term plans to better embrace outdoor space, and build some kind of plaza facing what is now the Viceroy Hotel’s front yard.

Location: 1130 North State Street, Gold Coast

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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