A crowd of protesters overflowed the sidewalks around Jarvis Hunt's 1927 Lake Shore Athletic Club early Sunday afternoon, demonstrating against the impending demolition of the building by Fifield Realty in favor of a new tower by Lucien Lagrange, architect of 840 North Lake Shore Drive, another recent building just to the south.
Organized by Preservation Chicago, the protest had an athletic theme, tied to both the club's function and its role as a site for trials for the 1928 Olympics, resulting in a man and his kayak (above) and Preservation Chicago VP Michael Moran dressed in referee's garb. (below)
Fifield's request for a demolition permit for the Club is in the middle of an automatic 90-day hold because of the structure's designation as "Orange" (potentially significant) on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey of potential landmark buildings. The Club provides a graceful, classical backdrop to Mies van der Rohe's iconic 860-880 Lake Shore Drive apartments, built just a quarter-century later, just to the north.