North Shore No Go

Lucien Lagrange runs into trouble with Winnetka project

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Lucien Lagrange's Second French Empire-inspired 65 East Goethe (Photo by William Zbaren)
Lucien Lagrange's Second French Empire-inspired 65 East Goethe (Photo by William Zbaren)

Chicago’s very own Beaux-Arts revivalist Lucien Lagrange has been pegged by the former owners of the Willis Tower, American Landmark Properties, to design a 25-story luxury condo building in Chicago’s South Loop, just steps away from the Willis Tower itself.

Yet at the same time, one of Lagrange’s other projects has been having a bit of a cold winter. One Winnetka, Lagrange’s five-story multi-building housing development in the affluent North Shore village of Winnetka, has been running into some vocal opposition. A Winnetka resident told AN that she thought the project is out of scale for the village, despite her love of Lagrange’s work. Apparently that resident is not alone, as the project has been reduced by two stories and 49 units. Developers have said in public meetings that the village is falling behind its neighbors in providing much needed high-end real estate. The developer, Stonestreet Partners, has gone as far as to pen a 12-point open letter to the town hoping to dispel misconceptions and answer concerns. According to the Village of Winnetka website the project is currently in design review.

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