Lucien Lagrange Architects

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Lucien Lagrange & Associates or Lucien Lagrange Architects is an architecture firm founded by Lucien Lagrange in 1985.[1] The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010.[2] The company is located at 605 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois,[3] and it has approximately sixty employees.[4][5] The company is owned 100% by Lucien Lagrange.[5] Lagrange is a French-born architect who came to Chicago in 1978 after studying at McGill University and who rose to prominence while working for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill after having been a 1950s high school dropout.[6]

Among the 21st century projects that the firm has completed are The Pinnacle and Park Tower. The firm was responsible for the renovation of the Chicago Landmark Carbide & Carbon Building that had originally been designed by Daniel Burnham's sons to host the originators of the Eveready Battery.[7] The firm has renovated Chicago's Union Station and is currently continuing its series of proposals to expand above the Chicago Landmark.[1] Currently, it pursuing the 26-story Union Station Tower,[8] which has been in various planning stages since 2002.[9] In the past twenty-five years it has been involved in attempted Union Station expansions such as the 55-story One Union Plaza (1989) and the Union Station Towers (1986).[10][11]

The firm has been selected as architects of the St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour in Bal Harbour, Florida for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.[12] The project is expected to be completed in 2010.[13] They are the architect for the Lincoln Park 2520 project and the never-built 126 East Chestnut building, which was to have been completed in 2009. They are also the architects of the following buildings: Elysian,_Chicago (Chicago), Ten East Delaware (Chicago),[14] 535 West End Avenue (New York, New York),[15] River House Condominiums (Grand Rapids, Michigan),[16] and Blue Chip Casino Hotel Tower (Michigan City, Indiana).[17]

The company is described in the real estate industry as one of Chicago's premier residence architects.[18] The firm's reach extends throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, where it is expanding the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana for Boyd Gaming to be the tallest building on Lake Michigan outside of Chicago or Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the third tallest building in Metropolitan Chicago outside of Chicago.[19][20] The firm is a notable contributor to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.[21]

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  1. ^ a b "Lucien Lagrange Architects". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  2. ^ Corfman, Thomas A. (2010-07-15). "Architect Lucien Lagrange retiring, firm files Chapter 11". Chicago Real Estate Daily. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Lucien Lagrange Architects Ltd". Owen Media Partners Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  4. ^ "The Man With A Plan", Chicago Social, November 2007, Modern Luxury Media, LLC., Chicago, IL, pp. 102-104.
  5. ^ a b "Lucien Lagrange & Associates". insidearch.org. InsideArch LLC. Retrieved 2008-01-21. [dead link]
  6. ^ Donaldson, Jim (1997-11-05). "Lucien Lagrange". McGill University. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  7. ^ Weathersby, Jr., William. "Hard Rock Hotel". McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Union Station Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  9. ^ Finnegan, Tom (2002-08-15). "News: Chicago Union Station Tower back on track". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  10. ^ "One Union Plaza". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Union Station Towers". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  12. ^ "St. Regis News". Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2008-01-18. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Future Openings". Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  14. ^ "Ten East Delaware". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  15. ^ "535 West End Avenue". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  16. ^ "River House Condominiums". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  17. ^ "Blue Chip Casino Hotel Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  18. ^ "Fordham Co.: Properties". Fordham Company. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  19. ^ Boniface, Russell. "Midwest Casino Bets on Vegas-style Luxury Hotel". American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  20. ^ "Blue Chip Casino Hotel Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  21. ^ "Mayor Daley's Contributions: Lucien LaGrange and Associates Ltd.". ChicagoBusiness. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-18.