16-Story Addition Proposed for Wicker Park Low-Rise at Milwaukee and Division
Sep26

16-Story Addition Proposed for Wicker Park Low-Rise at Milwaukee and Division

One of the more interesting neighborhood transformations to watch over the last decade has been Noble Square.  The on-again, off-again gentrification has finally started to really take hold, and it’s exciting to sit in the weird little back room at the Starbucks on Division and watch the parade of new residents come through. One of the more successful developments has been 1624 West Division Street, just a few dozen feet over...

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Will Progressive Architecture Mark the Rebirth of Polonia Triangle?
Oct03

Will Progressive Architecture Mark the Rebirth of Polonia Triangle?

Within a perpetually changing urban landscape, there come new buildings with a fresh architecture that vividly captures their moment in time and set a new standard for design. The recently completed tower at 1611 West Division is one of these buildings. Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects led the design of the 11 story tower.  It imagined the façade as a mass wrapped by fabric with vertical reflective panels and indented glass...

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Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut
Jun17

Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut

The 12-story residential building rising at 1611 West Division is starting to look something like it will in its final form. Most of the panels making up the building’s facade are now in place, and it’s risen to its final height of 95 feet, 11 inches.  The seemingly random pattern of its skin would be problematic in many places, but seems to reflect well the cacophonous nature of this busy intersection. Known colloquially...

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