Ebony Jet building

WBEZ architecture blogger Lee Bey has a must-read story that takes readers inside the former Johnson Publishing Building, aka the Ebony/Jet Building, that’s particularly a feast for the eyes for fans of classic Chicago architecture, reports the Chicagoist.

Bey has written at length in years past about the history of the 11-story building, which was bought by Columbia College Chicago in November 2010. Johnson Publishing moved its headquarters to the Cliff Dwellers Club at 200 S. Michigan Avenue last year.

Columbia College has been one of the catalysts for real estate development in the South Loop for close to two decades, much like Northwestern University has done with its properties in Streeterville. In contrast to Northwestern’s handling of the debate over preserving Historic Prentice Women’s Hospital, however, Columbia had long intended to preserve much of the Johnson Publishing Building.

Read more at The Chicagoist.

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