he described as a "bent bar", with multiple angles designed to provide minimal corridors and a maximized perimeter.
The view from the west was even bulkier . . .
Kraft Cheese Company building. After the corporation fled to the suburbs, the structure was purchased by the Chicago Police Department, and in 2003 it was demolished.
Some have commented that Peshtigo was not exactly a good luck charm as a name. It's best known for the great fire of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, which occurred the same evening, October 8, 1871, as the far more famous Great Chicago Fire, but was vastly more deadly. Final estimates of the dead in Chicago ranged upwards to 300. The Great Peshtigo Fire, raging through the town largely built by former Chicago mayor William Ogden to service his vast lumber holdings, was estimated to have killed between 1,200 to 2,400.
In the final analysis, however, it wasn't bad kharma or irregular design that killed The Peshtigo, but a collapsing economy. It was intended to have 358 condominium units near the top of luxury pricing. The units were larger than usual, the smallest 882 square feet. But early on, there were snippings that those luxury prices came with generic quality finishes and appliances. And then came the crash.
The Peshtigo is dead. Ralph Johnson is out; Solomon Cordwell Buenz is in. Courtesy of 42nd Ward alderman Brendan Reilly, who's holding a community meeting on the revised project at the Sheraton this Wednesday, we give you - 500 North Lake Shore Drive:
click images for larger view. . . 120 feet shorter, a half million square feet smaller, with as many as 150 more units, as small as 600 square feet, cheaper price points, and at least 400 parking spaces in a bustle that looks like SCB spirited away the bottom of Brininstool & Lynch's 550 North St. Clair.
So why am I feeling a pang of loss that we'll never be able to grow to love the brawny, lopsided pug?