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UChicagoLand Aug 2, 2016 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by ChickeNES (Post 7516511)
Hitchcock Hall: (An interesting detail that this page leaves out is that Annie Hitchcock actually helped fund DHP's education at MIT).

That rendering on the Studio Gang page is super new, I had shown the page to someone a week or so ago and it still had the rendering that is shown on the Herald's page. I checked the zoning docs from earlier this year and they still show the old design. I think they would need to file a request to make this level of change to the design, given that Mesa had to file one to change the facade on Vue53, but I could be wrong.

Have to admit I thought Hitchcock was designed by Henry Ives Cobb... So I was surprised to learn it was DHP.

Via Chicago Aug 2, 2016 10:09 PM


Originally Posted by Arm&Kedzie (Post 7516769)
Solstice received a heavy does of VE, but from what I have overheard the owner was not fond of the new look, so I am guessing their will be another iteration.

why would they release updated renderings without the owner/developer signing off on it?

UChicagoLand Aug 11, 2016 8:55 PM

It appears the VE pic of Solstice has disappeared from the Studio Gang site.

Arm&Kedzie Aug 12, 2016 1:38 AM


Originally Posted by Via Chicago (Post 7519772)
why would they release updated renderings without the owner/developer signing off on it?

:shrug: Good question. looks like they might have jumped the gun a bit.

UChicagoLand Aug 14, 2016 12:15 AM

Let's hope that's the last we see of that VE design for Solstice.

Plus, cool pic of North Campus facade:

UChicagoLand Aug 14, 2016 12:27 AM

I see Curbed Chicago picked up on the apparent Solstice changes:

UChicagoLand Aug 20, 2016 9:45 PM

Challenges of designing and building Eckhardt:

UChicagoLand Aug 20, 2016 10:32 PM

In praise of City Hyde Park...

UChicagoLand Aug 29, 2016 6:11 AM

North Campus landscaping:

UChicagoLand Sep 13, 2016 3:49 AM

UChicago released several new videos and pictures to mark the opening of North Campus:

North Campus overview:

15th Floor Reading Room:

Time lapse of construction:

DNAInfo also had an article:

ChickeNES Sep 13, 2016 3:19 PM

Solstice was namedropped in yesterday's North Campus article which made me hopeful we would hear something soon, checked the news this morning and boom:


Jeanne Gang Explains Why She Changed The Solstice On The Park Design
Sam Cholke - September 13, 2016 - DNAInfo Chicago

Construction on the Jeanne Gang-designed Solstice on the Park is set to begin in the fall, and Gang on Monday explained why she made changes to the 26-story building that’s been in the planning stages since 2007.

Peter Cassel, director of community development for the Silliman Group, said Monday that construction on the Gang-designed building will begin in the early fall, likely in October.

Can't wait to hear the sweet, sweet NIMBY tears that this one will bring.


UChicagoLand Sep 15, 2016 6:24 AM

More on the new UChicago trauma center and cancer hospital:

UChicagoLand Sep 16, 2016 5:40 AM

More cool pics of North Campus

ChickeNES Sep 16, 2016 4:14 PM

Given how much the HP NIMBYs complain about Studio Gang, I love the last part:


Bret Harte LSC talks construction plans for Solstice
Allison Matyus - Hyde Park Herald - 9/15/2016
According to Peter Cassel, the director of community development for MAC Properties, the developer for the project, fences for the beginning of the construction process will go up on Oct. 3.

The construction process will take just under two years, with the first tenants of the 250-unit building expected to move in by late spring of 2018.
To engage the school with the construction happening next door, Cassel suggested that students could make art to put on the construction fence or have guest speakers come in to speak to the kids, such as Studio Gang founder, Jeanne Gang.

I would assume that actual construction will not begin until late October or November, given that they have to demolish both the parking garage and the old sales center first.

the urban politician Sep 16, 2016 5:20 PM

HP Nimby's can't stop it now

UChicagoLand Sep 17, 2016 6:05 AM

Maybe I missed something but I just heard about that hotel the University is considering for the Midway...

Do you think there's any chance the 53rd and Cornell project may be revived?

UChicagoLand Sep 17, 2016 11:29 PM

This report has good video of North Campus:

And this has more cool pics:

BVictor1 Sep 20, 2016 3:49 AM

Most recent rendering of Solstice on the Park

C/O Chicagoist

UChicagoLand Sep 20, 2016 5:02 AM

Well, at least it appears less battleship gray...

ChickeNES Sep 20, 2016 10:30 PM

I noticed today that the Solstice PD has been updated recently. The diagrams match the latest rendering, and the change request letter mentions changing the cladding from "grey to brown earth tones"

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