Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower
Feb27

Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station. Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to...

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Architect Bertrand Goldberg About to Take Another One on the Chin
Aug19

Architect Bertrand Goldberg About to Take Another One on the Chin

It’s been a rough couple of years for the late architect and Chicago native,  Bertrand Goldberg. First, and most prominently, his Prentice Women’s Hospital at 333 East Superior Street in Streeterville was ruthlessly demolished to make way for yet another blue glass tower-on-a-podium. Then his Walton Gardens office building at 935 North Rush Street in the Gold Coast was divided and renovated so intensely that it’s...

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New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio
Aug15

New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio

  The positively horizontal, vaguely industrial, commercial building at 935 North Rush Street is about to start a new chapter in its already interesting life. Most recently, it was an Urban Outfitters location. But U.A. moved up the street to 1100 North State Street a few years ago. Now permits have been issued to start construction on the second of two new tenants to fill the retail space: a new Christian Dior store. 931 N. Rush...

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Here’s Why Marina City Is Now Officially a Landmark
Feb12

Here’s Why Marina City Is Now Officially a Landmark

“Beloved,” “Pioneering,” and “Iconic” are all words often used to describe Marina City.  Today you can add another: “Landmark.” As a responsible publication that often writes about actual, official, designated landmarks, we don’t casually throw the word “landmark” around, like the way some Chicago web sites fill your e-mail box with “news alerts” that are...

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Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower
Sep28

Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower

Work has begun at 333 East Superior Street on Northwestern University’s new research tower. Officially called the Louis A. Simpson & Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, the tower designed by Perkins+Will replaces Bertrand Goldberg’s legendary Prentice Women’s Hospital.   Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, alerted us when the first dirt moved, and sent...

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Prentless Whisper: Is This The Calm Before the Form?
Jul15

Prentless Whisper: Is This The Calm Before the Form?

  Two months after the official — and strangely semi-private — groundbreaking ceremony for Northwestern University’s new biomedical research tower, things are starting to stir at 333 East Superior Street. It is not yet beating a dead horse to mention that this was formerly the location of Bertrand Goldberg’s bulbous but beloved Prentice Women’s Hospital, which was torn asunder (first and last time I’m...

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Ahoy! Marina City Could Become Chicago’s Newest Landmark
Jul08

Ahoy! Marina City Could Become Chicago’s Newest Landmark

Bertrand Goldberg imagined the Marina City towers would look like two trees, with the central columns (containing elevators and stairways) functioning as the trunks. The twin towers, as familiar a component of the Chicago skyline as any buildings, may soon become official landmarks. Tomorrow, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will recommend Marina City be given landmark status. The 587-foot, 65-story towers have identical floor...

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Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important
Apr01

Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important

  If you follow the high-stakes game of Gold Coast Musical Chairs that plays out in the real estate pages of Crain’s Chicago Business, then you’ve probably heard that Urban Outfitters is moving out of its longtime home at 935 North Rush Street, and ultra-lux boutiques Versace and Dior are moving in.  But what you may not have heard is that the building may get a whole new look. Marketing materials offered by Cushman...

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Picking Over Prentice’s Bones
Jul28

Picking Over Prentice’s Bones

The picture says it all.  There’s not much left of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us this latest photo of the old building.  Its four distinctive lobes are long gone.  All that’s left is the main supporting spines, and the crumbs of the horizontal floors at its base. The photo below shows us what it looked like as demolition...

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Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice
Jun19

Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice

As we count down the days until Bertrand Goldberg’s former Prentice Women’s Hospital becomes just a memory, we received a very fortunate phone call. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has been taking pictures of the Prentice demolition from his office window since it started.  With the end near, he used our Tip Line to get in touch, and sent along a couple of dozen...

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