A lesser-known adaptive reuse project is underway at State and Jackson. As part of plans to expand the Chicago Federal Center, the General Services Administration (GSA) is renovating the old Benson & Rixon (230 S. State) and Bond Store (10 W. Jackson) buildings. The two structures occupy part of a 1.3-acre site purchased by GSA in 2005. Benson & Rixon is one of The Loop's rare examples of Streamline Moderne, a style characterized by curving forms, corner windows, glass block, and stucco. Plans call for interior systems in both buildings to be upgraded or replaced. And design firm 4240 Architecture is crafting a modern facade along State Street, which may include diagonal window patterns as an homage to Sol Lewitt's wall relief on the building's backside. Completion is set for June. Enjoy the pics!
·Chicago Federal Center Expansion Site [GSA]
·4240 Architecture [4240 Architecture]
·Stimulating modernism: The feds give a big boost to Mies' Federal Center [Cityscapes]