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    Farwell Building

The public celebrations over the fate of this 1927 Beaux Arts-style building were short lived. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks in March approved, by a vote of 8-1, a plan to dismantle the 11-story local landmark in order to construct a 40-story, 86-unit condominium tower on a portion of the site at 664 N. Michigan Ave. An earlier Commission vote—in January—had rejected a similar proposal by a narrow margin.

After the new building is constructed, the historic structure’s limestone will be erected on a new steel structure that will include retail space on the lower floors, four floors of parking, and a sky lobby for the new condo tower.

Engineering studies had shown that the cladding and supports were in a severely deteriorated condition and could not be repaired on the existing framework. Landmarks Illinois had objected to the plan, citing its potential as a precedent for future development proposals.









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