Mies’ Lake Shore Drive Apartments not looking good these days

Remember I told you we were going to restore the darn things, and the plaza?

It’s happening! Can you tell?

Inside and out.

That had been original travertine on the inside. Something will be lost, but much will be gained. Water had been seeping through and corroding the steel.

And this “plasticized glass,” not original but from an earlier intervention, will be replaced with an acid-washed glass which is far more elegant.

Architects Krueck and Sexton, who restored Crown Hall recently and magnificently, are doing this work. Rico Cedro is their man on the job. Gunny Harboe, known for quality and important restorations is also working on this. It’ll go on for months. I can’t wait to see it when it’s complete.

AIA Architect wrote about the project, noting,

“So when Krueck & Sexton Architects of Chicago were given the opportunity to renovate the two buildings, their goals were to protect Mies’ timeless vision and to transform its cultural vitality into a bulwark against the creeping comodification of architecture.”

Huh? I’d like to hear more on that.


One Response to “Mies’ Lake Shore Drive Apartments not looking good these days”

  1. cityofparis Says:

    Well, it should start looking a little better soon. New concrete to replace the old, weakened concrete the crew jack-hammered away will be poured soon so you won’t see those embedded beams for long.

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