A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors
Feb21

A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors

The second Chicago building in recent years to bridge the separation of church and real estate developer is making a dent in the River North skyline. 3Eleven is a 24-story skyscraper rising at 311 West Illinois Street. The location used to be the parking lot for Assumption Catholic Church: the vibrant, but dilapidated Italianate church that used to be the hub of River North back when it was Chicago’s original Little Italy.  A...

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Old Saint Pat’s Tower Powers Upward
Jan03

Old Saint Pat’s Tower Powers Upward

Crews from Power Construction have been busting their humps for the last few months, trying to get as much of the parking garage at 625 West Adams built as they can before the dead of winter sets in.  With The Dead officially here, photographer Michael Lyons sent over some photographs showing their progress; and it’s not too shabby. Concrete has already been poured up to the fifth floor of the office building occasionally known...

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Chicago’s Lost Cathedral
Jun06

Chicago’s Lost Cathedral

The Great Chicago Fire erased many landmarks from the face of the Earth.  One so thoroughly that even the venerable Encyclopedia of Chicago has nothing on it. Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral exists today only as a plaque, bolted to the grimy northeast corner of the Heyworth Building (29 East Madison Street) under the Wabash Avenue L tracks.  It reads: Here stood Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, church of the first five Catholic...

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Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads
Jan23

Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads

Sorry there wasn’t much in the way of updates last week.  We were in the deep South on an architectural photography shoot.  As we’ve flogged before, architectural photography is our primary business here, so if you have a skyscraper, hotel, factory, lobby, office, wigwam, yurt, or igloo that you need photos of, contact us. Now… on to the briefs! Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Gilt City (it’s like...

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Briefly: Illuminating Saint Pat’s

  Neighbors of Old Saint Patrick’s Church in the West Loop have been going ape over its plans to erect an office tower.  One of their biggest complaints has been potential light pollution.  It looks like the already rough relationship between OSP and The Edge is going to get worse.  Tuesday (December 13, 2011) city crews were spotted installing floodlights on top of the traffic light poles to illuminate the church at night....

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Status Update: Cloister Tuck

The new cloister at Old Saint Patrick’s Church is progressing nicely.  The scaffolding and concrete barriers have come down. What used to be a metal fence has become a passageway between the church and the West Loop campus of Frances Xavier Warde School (120 South DesPlaines Street).   The south end also houses an elevator, allowing handicapped access to the church.  The Archdiocese of Chicago has been pushing its churches to...

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Elevating Old Saint Pat’s

Work has begun to add an elevator and a cloister to Old Saint Patrick’s Church (180 South DesPlaines Street) in the West Loop.  The elevator project will give people in wheelchairs reliable access to one of the city’s most historic churches, and the cloister will make a nice gathering space. The area between the church of the Saint Patrick’s campus of the Frances Xavier Warde School (120 South DesPlaines Street) has...

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