Landmarks under attack in Chicago

Chicago’s architectural and design heritage is under threat from a new wave of redevelopment, as pre-war buildings are poised for demolition to make way for modern structures.

The city’s administration plans to replace four buildings on North Michigan Avenue, one with 1950s interiors by Mies van der Rohe, with a shopping mall.

“The destruction of the four buildings and the Mies interior will be a significant loss for Chicago,” says Chicago Tribune architecture correspondent Blair Kamin. “The Mies stair in particular is glorious – even Prince Charles would like it.”

However, a city administration spokeswoman says: “We’re pleased with the way North Michigan Avenue has developed over the years. We don’t anticipate making any great changes in terms of how we go about regulating the street.”

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