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Farwell Building is my favorite vacant office
building downtown. I'm a sucker for Chicago School
type office buildings. The building's ornate lobby
and wonderful lightcourt add to its charm.
ago I found some mid-90s promotional material
advertising the building's conversion into lofts.
It highlighted the building's unique features
such as Tiffany elevator grills, fine walnut fireplaces,
Tiffany light fixtures, etc. Included where photographs
of these items still in place. However, when I
visited the building shortly afterwards I found
only scars where the ornamentation should have
been. Sadly a major selling point of the building
is now lost.
building does appear to be structureally sound.
The lobby marble, large windows, and handsome
light court remain to be restored. The building
could still offer much as a residential complex.
Hopefully the activity on Woodward, Washington
Blvd, and the Book-Cadillac will spill over to