Monday, November 30, 2009

Columbarium Snuffed

Posted By on 11.30.09 at 04:55 PM

A recent proposal to turn the landmark Three Arts Club building on Dearborn and Goethe into a repository for the remains of 15,000 cremated bodies has flamed out.

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  • Robert Murphy

In a November 28 letter to "Residents of the Gold Coast Neighborhood," architect William Bickford announced that after reviewing the "building, site and neighborhood context," he's withdrawing his offer to purchase the longtime residence for women in the arts and will be taking his plan for the Chicago Columbarium elsewhere.

The Three Arts Club, built by Jane Addams and her friends, housed about 100 artists at a time from 1914 to 2003, when its board decided on a new mission and closed it.

Since then, besides the columbarium, there have been attempts to turn it into a community center and a boutique hotel and club, but they also turned to ashes.

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