Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Rise and Fall of Garrett Kelleher and the Calatrava's Chicago Spire

John Meagher in Britain's Independent has a great story on the Gatsby-like saga of Garrett Kelleher, the ambitious Irish developer who went from rehabbing lofts on Chicago's web site to partnering with architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2,000 foot high Chicago Spire. Faced with multiple liens and foreclosures, the Spire appears to have had a stake driven through its heart, just in time for Halloween. Read Meagher's great piece here. And read ongoing coverage the story of the Spire, as it happened, from what Meagher describes as one of "Chicago's foremost architecture critics" (me) here, and also here, and here.

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