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Old Posted Apr 26, 2020, 5:42 PM
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I'm the first to cheer for creative re-use projects, but not all industrial buildings are created alike. The Finkl buildings were not really suited for re-use, really nothing that could be turned into housing or offices. And most of them were 1950s steel prefab sheds, not a lot of the skilled brickwork or bomb-proof concrete you see in other large complexes.

If you're looking for adaptive reuse, there's plenty of creative proposals in this area alone... R2's entire portfolio is re-use, including the Pickens Kane warehouse on Goose Island and the Morton Salt shed on Elston.
Would have made excellent film studios. Nearly identical to the old Ryerson Complex that Cinespace took over. Mix of old sawtooth prewar stuff and newer steel sheds.
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Would have made excellent film studios. Nearly identical to the old Ryerson Complex that Cinespace took over. Mix of old sawtooth prewar stuff and newer steel sheds.
I agree, the location and type of buildings would have been perfect for another film studio. Although hard to tell from old photos how adaptable the buildings may have been. IIRC, the Ryerson complex was newer, in better shape and had overall volume dimensions that made the transition to film studios (as well as production facilities for Lagunitas) much easier. Without any real knowledge of the condition of the Finkl steel buildings, sometimes it's easier and cheaper to tear down an old building and start from scratch....assuming there are no remediation issues involved or a slew of other site-related problems
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