Our indefatigable correspondent - and photographer - Bob Johnson - directed our attention to what's going on at the 215 West Washington, where some engineering gymnastics are going on with the mounting of the huge truss, pictured here, high up on the structure's central concrete core.
It was just this past May that Mayor Daley helped break ground for the Jupiter Realty project, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz. With an estimated cost of $157,000,000 - $16,000,000 in land costs, alone - Medill's Brittany McHenry reports that it will be the first new rental tower in the Loop in 15 years, leading the mayor to enthuse, "This project will not only stand in the history of Chicago, but I believe in this country and the world."
According to Chicago Shawn on Skyscraper City, the design continues to evolve, and the cantilever truss now seen to the east of the core may remain exposed.
The site wraps around - and dwarfs - the landmark 1873 Washington Block, itself at the time of its construction one of the city's tallest and most elegant buildings. Until a 2005 demolition, 215 West Washington was the address of Holabird and Roches's 1920's Hotel LaSalle Garage, among Chicago's earliest parking garages, concealed behind a terra cotta facade that gave the appearance of being that of a contemporary office building.
The new 215 W. Washington doubles the LaSalle's six floors of parking. The 50 story building will offer up nearly 400 rental units and is slated to come on line spring of 2010, by which time it is hoped the potential renters you see being kept under wraps below will again have money.