Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Reusing old buildings

I like old buildings, especially ones that have been adapted to new uses. My Chicago office is a great example of this. Here's another project in Kankakee that I drive by frequently that also looks very promising. The old library is being converted into city offices for the mayor and aldermen. I think I also read the council chamber will be there, too.

But, even as a developer's lawyer, I see the point of Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune about doing what he calls a "facade-ectomy" on a building. I wonder if it is worth the bother. If a building is that obsolete -- and Kamin would probably not agree with me here -- just tear it down and start over unless it is that significant to demand preservation in some form.