As The Ronsley Gets A New Life, Its Water Tank Must Go
Sep04

As The Ronsley Gets A New Life, Its Water Tank Must Go

On the final day of August, the city issued yet another demolition permit for a Chicago water tank. This time, the subject resides atop 676 North Kingsbury Street in the River North neighborhood. Precision Excavation will handle the demo. As we documented back in June of last year, The Ronsley (known then as the Park Kingsbury Luxury Lofts) is undergoing a major rehab. While there’s a permit on the books from June 2015 for a...

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Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard
Aug25

Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard

Add three more Chicago water tanks to the list of the doomed. All three were named in demolition permits within a two-day span last week, with their fates being sealed Thursday and Friday. The photo above shows the water tank at 350 West Kinzie Street, the home of Lock Up Self Storage. It has been contracted to Heneghan Wrecking Company for demolition. 404 South Wells Street and 412 South Wells Street are both home to the Cactus Bar....

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Saving the Cabrini Chapel

With the demolition of Columbus Hospital now complete, all that is left standing is the Cabrini Chapel. For those of you who don’t know, the chapel was originally planned to be demolished along with the 97-year-old hospital and some other nearby buildings to make way for the much-advertised Lincoln Park 2520 condo block.  But now the chapel has received a reprieve. The hospital was founded by Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini,...

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Status Update: Deconstructing The Deconstructed

Work continues on the Thompson Center (100 West Washington Street) where the granite panels were found to be deteriorating and in danger of falling off of their posts. The panels are arranged around the perimeter of the block, outlining where the building might have gone if it were square and not a series of balconies surrounding a curved glass atrium.  The granite panels get smaller and more deconstructed as they get father from the...

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