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Claridge Hotel

Chicago

Built in the early 1920's, this 18 story building was completed as a men's boarding house. It suffered from delayed maintenance and a butchered façade, yet the quiet location was desirable. The building was gutted and rebuilt in nine months, envisioned as an alternative to Michigan Avenue prices and congestion. The façade was redesigned with a new dramatic entrance canopy, with materials in stainless steel, mahogany and black granite to create a striking statement upon first impression. The elegant Art Modern scheme was inspired by other great buildings of the era, such as the Palmolive Building and the Carbide and Carbon Building.

The entrance was framed by a series of glass illuminated columns leading directly to the mahogany paneled registration desk and elevator lobby. Flanking the entrance, an intimate lounge with a fireplace overlooks the street while a petite bar for 16 is symmetrically placed. On the second floor meeting and banquet rooms were located close to the kitchen below. The 118 guest rooms were culled from the more than 200 original small bedrooms of the original boarding house. The top floor was equipped with fireplaces and king size beds.

 

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