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Hotel LaSalle Garage

215 W. Washington, Chicago


Built 1918


The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted in November 2004 not to recommend landmark designation of this 87-year-old parking garage, which was one of the oldest buildings of its kind in the U.S. The city’s planning department had opposed the designation, agreeing with the owner’s contention that repair and continued use—or reuse—of the building was not economically feasible.



Older garages in other cities (i.e., Boston, Los Angeles) have been adapted or converted to other uses. LPCI had contended that the “economic hardship” argument should be a separate process from designation, as provided for in the city’s landmarks ordinance. The terra cotta-clad garage, which was designed by Holabird & Roche, was demolished July 2005 for a new condominium development.












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