West Town Skyscraper All Buttons and Bows Ahead of Debut

Word on the street (well, the offices, but you know what we mean) is that the developers of the new skyscraper planned for 210 North Morgan Street have just filed paperwork for formal/final approval. We’re told to expect to see details and diagrams by the end of this week.

October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan.
October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan.

If you like Three First National Plaza in The Loop, you’ll love this new building designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Newcastle Limited. Which is in no way related to Newcastle United.

210 has massing very similar to Three First National: Three tall rectangles stepping down to help a bit with light and air. In this case, the steps face north, while at 3FN, they face east. More importantly, 210 erases that most evil enemy of city life: a surface parking lot.

Commuters who rely on the CTA’s Morgan station will notice an increase in architecture nerd swarming activities, as this building is one block north of that Green/Pink Line station, and the city has already approved a similarly-size skyscraper for one block south at 160 North Morgan. Expect much gawking and clicking of smartphone cameras for the next few years.

Here’s the details as of late October. Don’t start picking our furniture just yet. It’s possible that there have been revisions:

  • Developer: Newcastle Limited
  • Architecture Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
  • Max height: 380 feet
  • Roof height: 342 feet
  • Length: 114 feet
  • Width: 92 feet, eight inches
  • Floors: 33
  • Amenity decks
    • Fourth floor
    • 33rd floor, with pool
  • Retail space: 4,040 square feet
  • Loading docks: 2
  • Comes complete with “people space,” an improvement over other buildings which have featured “giant killer robot space.”

Location: 210 North Morgan Street, West Town

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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