Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave
Oct17

Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave

  In Chicago, projects come and projects go.  And one of those projects that we’d long ago given up for dead is back from the grave. Broadly known as Old Saint Pat’s Tower, 625 West Adams was a plan for a modest office building that came complete with meeting space for the venerable church, and some of the fiercest NIMBY opposition since SOAR heard the phrase “Canyon Ranch.” This, however, is the West...

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Old Saint Patrick’s Tower Gets City Blessing
Nov10

Old Saint Patrick’s Tower Gets City Blessing

It’s been exactly one year to the day since we heard any noise about the West Loop skyscraper being built for Old Saint Patrick’s Church.  We’re about to hear a lot more noise from it. That’s because the city has approved the 20-story building that will have commercial offices and parking over two floors of retail and church space.  REJournals had the scoop on this one. We covered this project, now known...

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Briefly: Grand’s a Go, Saint Pat’s Tower, $4M Park
Dec20

Briefly: Grand’s a Go, Saint Pat’s Tower, $4M Park

  The Chicago Plan Commission has approved construction of the 45-story tower at 410 East Grand Street.  See our previous coverage and pictures here and here. After underwhelming neighbors with changes to the proposed Old Saint Patrick’s Tower at 625 West Adams Street, the developer and architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz are coming back for round seven.  Alderman Fioretti has already stated that there’s no rush...

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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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Lots of Gripes, Few Changes With Old Saint Pat’s Tower Plan

The design of the proposed office tower at 625 West Adams Street has been revised. In response to the concerns of neighbors about the building’s size and harsh reflections from the setting sun, Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects has altered the western facade to make it resemble a grid pattern.  The grid helps break up the building’s massing, and the three types of glass help cut down on reflection. That’s about the...

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Briefly: Honoring Ida, Old Saint, New Hotel
Nov04

Briefly: Honoring Ida, Old Saint, New Hotel

Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt has been selected to create a monument honoring historic anti-lynching published Ida B. Wells to be placed on the median at East 37th Street and South Langley Street in Bronzeville.  More information here. The people behind the proposed Old Saint Patrick’s Tower will present a revised plan for their West Loop skyscraper next week.  The last 22-story proposal set off the grump-o-meters for a lot of...

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West Loop Tower Opposition Could Change Design, Landscape
May26

West Loop Tower Opposition Could Change Design, Landscape

People living in the West Loop are getting a better understanding of their potential new neighbor: a 22-story  office tower to be erected on a surface parking lot currently owned by Old Saint Patrick’s Church. The Old Saint Patrick’s Tower (not its official name, just an allonym we’re using here) is the latest in a string of minor skyscrapers to go up in the neighborhood, which is rapidly transforming from a...

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