WBEZ | Burnham Park http://www.wbez.org/tags/burnham-park Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hyde Park's Shoreland could set sail again http://www.wbez.org/bey/2010/02/hyde-parks-shoreland-could-set-sail-again/15709 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="582" width="500" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2218182.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-15706" alt="" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>There was potential <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/business/2057694,CST-NWS-shoreland19.article">good news</a> last week for Hyde Park's former Shoreland Hotel. The one-time luxury hotel-turned-University of Chicago dorms might have a new incarnation as upscale rental apartments. </p><p>It would be a great save if developer Antheus Capital LLC, of Englewood NJ,&sbquo;&nbsp; can pull it off. The faded 84-year-old<em> grande dame</em> with the outstretched arms at 55th and South Shore Drive was a hub of Hyde Park life--and is a beautiful remnant of the brief&sbquo;&nbsp; time between World Wars when hotels along the city's north and southern shore rivaled the ones downtown. </p><p>Those days are long gone. But the old girl still deserves to kick up her heels again. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="317" width="502" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2218159.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-15721" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p>Built in 1926 for $8 million, the 13-story Shoreland is the work of architecture and engineering firm Fridstein &amp; Co. The hotel opened with 1,000 rooms and was built with foundations strong enough to accommodate five additional floors (that were never built) according to a<em> Chicago Tribune </em>story from the time. Original amenities included a golf course in the basement. </p><p>Fridstein--the architects of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.beldenstratford.com/">Belden-Stratford</a> at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Congress_Theater_Chicago.jpg">Congress Theater</a> at 2135 N. Milwaukee--clearly had some fun designing the hotel. From Burnham Park, the building comes on with the sobriety of a town parson; look closer and there is high adventure befitting an old <a target="_blank" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_DH6MrL4anm8/SP46nnFBK6I/AAAAAAAAAnQ/hw7Jl8yK9tc/s400/Lakeside_-_Fantastic_Voyage_%281980%29.jpg">Lakeside album cover</a>, as a motif of ships, rolling seas, scrolls, coats of arms and other nautical exotica works its way across the building's terra cotta detailing. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="541" width="505" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2218124.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-15738" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="411" width="512" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2218146.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-15740" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="346" width="512" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2218128.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-15742" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">My fave:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="487" width="512" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2218138.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-15743" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">The redevelopment project awaits a zoning approval process which would play out over months, according to the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>. Meanwhile, the developer has put up signs on the sidewalk in front of the Shoreland showing the what the reborn building would look like: </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="406" width="508" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2218129.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-15754" /><br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p></p> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 07:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bey/2010/02/hyde-parks-shoreland-could-set-sail-again/15709