WBEZ | Carson's building http://www.wbez.org/tags/carsons-building Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Historic Carson's building well-served by new downtown Target store http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-07/historic-carsons-building-well-served-new-downtown-target-store-101159 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P7245919.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 502px; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">One of State Street&#39;s bright spots has been the reuse of the former Carson Pirie Scott flagship store.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Joseph Freed &amp; Associates restored the giant old retail landmark, designed by Louis Sullivan, converting the building into offices, a restaurant and retail. And now, five years after Carson&#39;s departure, a new CityTarget store opens Wednesday in the historic space.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Design-wise, it is a tricky thing bringing the retailer &mdash; and its famous red bull&#39;s-eye logo signage and color scheme&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;into one of the world&#39;s most celebrated pieces of architecture. But the marriage seems pretty good so far. The Target logo in the rotunda&#39;s second-story window is just the right size.The store looks bright and inviting and the signage is visible but doesn&#39;t overwhelm the building.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Given the cast-iron storefront restoration by Harboe Architects returned the original proportions to the shop windows, it&#39;s good to see the CityTarget take advantage of all that glass to allow passersby to look deep into the store&nbsp;&mdash; rather into just a window display box:</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P7245969.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 422px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">City landmarks officials should also be commended for standing up for the 1899 masterpiece and insuring the right balance between the old and the new.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P7245953.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 386px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">CityTarget, a new concept aimed at urban areas, is about two-thirds the size of the typical big-box Target. Stores also open today in Los Angeles and Seattle&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;all in existing buildings.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-07/historic-carsons-building-well-served-new-downtown-target-store-101159