Chicago Athletic Association
Michigan Ave., Chicago
(Henry Ives Cobb, 1893)
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 façade, 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.