Status Update: Michigan Avenue’s Ghost Building
Sep18

Status Update: Michigan Avenue’s Ghost Building

  It’s been 11 months since we last wrote about 618 South Michigan Avenue.  It’s a building with a past that’s becoming its future. Built in the early 1900’s, 618 was bought by IBM in 1949, and given a terrible renovation.  The original facade was stripped off and replaced with cladding that was suitable for the era, but that did not retain its aesthetic pleasures very long.  Tastes changed, and now the...

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Gensler’s Ghost Building on Michigan Avenue

People walking along Michigan Avenue will soon be able to see an image from the past — quite literally — thanks to a new project by Gensler for Columbia College. The building in question is 618 South Michigan Avenue, wedged between the Columbia College South Building (624 South Michigan Avenue) and the shiny new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (610 South Michigan Avenue). The building started out life in the early part...

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