Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photos! Gold Coast Three Arts Club building construction update

Restoration Hardware's Pablo Picasso quote on construction fencing looks to me a little smug and ill advised considering the property's history and the strong feelings by preservationists around Chicago. The Three Arts Club building is located at 1300 N Dearborn Chicago, IL 60610. Photos Bob DePalma, Broker, Kale Realty
Bob took a few photos of the construction progress last week while on appointments in the Gold Coast. The historic and landmark status Three Arts Club building, originally home to female artists, turns to retail, gallery and restaurant space led by Restoration Hardware. A September 2014 story stated there was still controversy over the retailers plans to alter the interior of the building. 

A December  follow up discusses some of the ongoing work.

I once helped cater an event at the Three Arts Club in the late 1990s while still working as a bartender.  Owners of Four Moon Tavern (my regular corner bar with deep theater roots) asked me to help out at the event featuring a Second City performance.  Needless to say, some of were interested in the female artist occupants too.

For more history of the property, the Three Arts Club and its woes the Chicago Reader offers this story from 2006.   The building has stood vacant since 2003.

Work continues on the Three Arts Club building in the background.

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