Articles by Jack Crawford

Lost Legends #11: The Schiller Building in The Loop

In this edition of ‘Lost Legends,’ we focus on the Schiller Building, a historic tower in The Loop that was pivotal in Chicago’s cultural and architectural history. From its opening in 1892 to its controversial demolition in 1961, its story exhibits a familiar arc in this series: one of architectural innovation, cultural significance, loss, and reflection.

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1323 S Ashland Avenue

Checking in on 1323 S Ashland Avenue in Near West Side

With demolition now complete and a full permit issued this past September, the planned commercial building at 1323 S Ashland Avenue in Near West Side is currently awaiting foundation work to begin. The property, developed by 4S Bay Partners, was previously occupied by the St. Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church. Designed by BauerLatoza Studio, the replacing building features a modern metal and glass exterior with distinct, color-varied cylindrical sections.

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View of 1257 W Roosevelt Road at Roosevelt Square 3B. Rendering by DesignBridge

1257 W Roosevelt Road Nears Full Height in Little Italy

Structural work is past the fourth floor at 1257 W Roosevelt Road in Little Italy, a project spearheaded by Related Midwest in collaboration with the Chicago Housing Authority. This six-story, mixed-use building is part of the larger Roosevelt Square Phase 3B development, which aims to introduce a variety of mixed-income housing options, retail spaces, and the new National Museum of Public Housing. Overall, Roosevelt Square will feature 2,441 housing units, encompassing both multifamily and single-family structures.

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