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Lucas Museum Chicago: Pushing the boundaries on more bad architecture


This is the concept art for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which landed in Chicago after after a few California cities and NYC all said “Uhhhh, no.” I swear if this ugly mess gets built, I’m going to call it “Blanket Fort” for the rest of my life. You have to be a Chicago local to understand the South Loop to South Shore has traditionally been an architectural “no man’s land.” It’s sort of the “low value thus experimental” chalk board of America’s third largest city.

This is the area that had the real estate so that Chicago wound up with the hideous Mistake on the Lake, the black mass of the original McCormick Place Convention Center. Pile up some cardboard boxes in a horizontal mass, spray paint them all matte black and you have McCormick Place. Existing structures are not safe from being remade into a disaster. Historical preservationists failed to save Soldier Field, which was removed from the National Registry of Historic Buildings for being too architecturally compromised from the original design with contemporary retrofitting . Please, someone, come up with a different design for the Lucas Museum. Looking at a UFO on Romanesque architecture just off from the Mistake on the Lake is bad enough. We don’t need a Blanket Fort added to the collection.

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  1. A. Catherine Noon
    November 13, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Holy cow! That thing is atrocious. I love your nickname for it, though. 🙂

    • February 2, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      I pray the museum does not get built looking like that. :p

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