Final touches are underway for a two-story commercial addition at 44 E Walton Street in Near North Side. The new wing’s main entrance will be at 937 N Rush Street, and will welcome shoppers to a new venue for Italian fashion brand Brunello Cucinelli.
Construction permits issued in February of this year show Rush Walton LLC as the owner, while Brian Hirami of Stephen Rankin Associates is the architect of record.
The design involves an oblique footprint to adapt to the irregular lot shape, while the frontage is wrapped in a mix of masonry paneling, dark window accents, and illuminated gold-tinged signage.
Bus stops within walking distance are available for Routes 3, 10, 22, 26, 36, 66, 70, 125, and 151. Closest CTA L service is available via a six-minute walk southwest to Chicago station, with service for the Red Line. The area is also lined with a multitude of shopping options, both to the north in the Rush & Division neighborhood, as well as to the east along Magnificent Mile.
Monoceros Construction has served as general contractor for the $1.6 million construction, with an imminent opening anticipated for this coming fall.
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The old building had personality.
The new building is a box with no personality.
Imagine a city with no history, only boxes….
While I am a big fan of BC, I think they should have the details of the architecture inhabit be as rich as their fabrics and detailing…..