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Landmark Conversions: Historic Bush Temple of Music Finds New Owner, May Become Apartments

October 16, 2014
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The Chicago Landmarked Bush Temple of Music at Chicago Avenue and Clark Street will have a new owner, according to Crain’s, after a plan by Smithfield Properties to include the 1901-built building in its 35-story apartment tower project next door fell apart during the approval process. Chicago-based Cedar Street Properties is set to buy the building for an unknown sum, and while the 80,000 square-foot building has both ground-level retail and modest office space above, the developer seems most interested in the upper floors which it most likely plans to adapt into apartments.

The building, once a workhouse and showroom for Bush and Gerts Piano Company, has been on the Chicago Landmarks list since 2001 but has been in a state of general disrepair for quite some time. Whatever renovations or restorations Cedar Street has in mind, they’ll have to be approved and overseen by the landmarks commission, which may limit what the developer is able to do, but should hopefully result in a proper restoration worthy of the 113-year old building designed by J. E. O. Pridmore, one of Chicago’s most prolific architects of the late-19th and early-20th centuries with only a handful of buildings still standing.

·Loukas, Cedar Street plot downtown housing projects [Crain's Chicago Business]

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