Orange-Rated West Loop Industrial Building Targeted with Demolition

1217 W. Washington Blvd Ornament, Photo Credit: Gabriel X. Michael

1217 W. Washington Boulevard, dating from the early 1900’s, is threatened with demolition. This three-story commercial and industrial building has an outstanding façade with highly decorative ornamentation and an elaborately detailed cornice. The white glazed brick contrasts beautifully with the maroon-colored ornament and arched window openings.

The building is excellent condition as it was “newly renovated by an experienced developer” in 2015. The rental listing further celebrates “heavy-timber loft with high ceilings and lots of character.” The building recently served as the showroom for Veeco Manufacturing, a furniture manufacturer.

The owner is Peppercorn Capital which owns multiple historic properties in the neighborhood. They applied for a demolition permit on August 23, 2017. As 1217 W. Washington Boulevard is an orange-rated building, this will trigger a 90-Day Demolition Hold.

Preservation Chicago hopes that a demolition permit is not released prior to the expiration of the 90-Day Demolition Hold. During this window of time, Preservation Chicago hopes to be able to affect a positive change and prevent the demolition of this outstanding historic building which contributes so much character to the West Loop neighborhood. At a minimum, we would like to see this extraordinary façade preserved as part of a larger redevelopment plan.

The character of the historic West Loop is under intense pressure from new construction. With new buildings under construction ranging from 10 to 18 stories, historic two and three story industrial and commercial buildings on big lots are prime targets for demolition and redevelopment. In the past, Preservation Chicago has advocated for a Greektown/West Loop Chicago Landmark District that would recognize, celebrate and protect this wonderful historic neighborhood.

Additional Reading

Historic West Loop warehouse slated for demolition, AJ LaTrace, Curbed Chicago, 8/28/17

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