MORTON SALT | 1357 N ELSTON
Mixed-Use | Chicago, IL
Location | Chicago, IL
Clients | R^2
Size | 120,000 SF
Phase | Schematic Design
Team from LJC | Tod Desmarais, Shannon Riddle, Sarah Hitchcock, Genevieve Wasser
mixed-use vision activates iconic morton salt site
Along the North Branch of the Chicago River, Morton Salt has stood as a familiar welcome sign to the city for nearly 100 years. Its location adjacent to Goose Island, high visibility and rich history intrigued developer R^2 to re-invent the site with creative offices and retail development while maintaining its iconic character and history. The design and preservation of the building by LJC embraces the original architectural design by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, architects of some of Chicago’s most prominent architecture from the early 20th century including the infamous Chicago Post Office and the Merchandise Mart. LJC acknowledges the buildings’ prior use as a packaging, storage and shipping center for salt, restoring originally designed openings and adding new apertures to help activate the site and surroundings. The grit and industrial nature of the site are reflected both in the building and the landscape.
Rich history, prominent location and river access situate this development as a unique player in the Chicago market.