Chicago Athletic Association

Chicago Athletic Association
interior design chicago

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a tourist shot, yet a beautiful building, imo.

Hope it doesn't get destroyed to be "remodeled"
A hotel developer has proposed demolishing the rear two-thirds of this unique Venetian-Gothic building, in order to construct a stepped-back addition leading to a 250-foot tower at the rear of the parcel. The project, if approved by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, would constitute an unprecedented alteration to the world-famous Michigan Boulevard "streetwall," which is a protected Chicago Landmark District.

The building's fa├žade, which is strongly reminiscent of the Doges Palace in Venice, was designed to give the Chicago Athletic Association (CAA) a distinctive identity when viewed from the lakefront, particularly by visitors to the World's Columbia Exposition of 1893.

The CAA closed earlier this year. While several of its ornate interior spaces will be preserved, other features—such as a marble-clad swimming pool—will be removed for the proposed new hotel. The building's proposed new additions would be visible from Millennium Park and other portions of Grant Park This is the second consecutive year this building has been included on the Watch List.

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