In Streeterville, a landmarked condo building designed by notable Chicago architect Harry Weese in 1956 could see new life as a revamped hospitality project. Located steps from famous historic hotels like the Drake and Millennium Knickerbocker, the 13-story structure at 227 E. Walton Place would be converted into 25 extended-stay corporate suites by developer Jerry Wise of BRAD Management.
Weese’s design combines modern midcentury elements and references to the city’s architectural past—notably the projecting vertical stacks of classic three-sided Chicago-style bay windows. The architect went on to design many late modernist and postmodern projects including Chicago’s River Cottage townhouses, the Metropolitan Correctional Center, and Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist.
Due to the building’s protected status as a city landmark, the proposed hotel conversion must preserve the exterior and perform facade and window repairs that are consistent with the original design. The shift from residential to extended-stay suites requires a zoning change from the city, according to an email notice from Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd).
Hopkins plans to host a public event to discuss the zoning request on Wednesday, August 21, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in Room 175 of Northwestern University School of Law’s Rubloff Hall, located at 375 E. Chicago Avenue.