Lucien Lagrange Architects


Lucien Lagrange Architects

Lucien Lagrange & Associates or Lucien Lagrange Architects is an architecture firm founded by Lucien Lagrange in 1985.cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/cd/cm/?id=lucienlagrangearchitects-chicago-il-usa|title=Lucien Lagrange Architects|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-18] The company is located at 605 North Michigan Avenue in city-state|Chicago|Illinois, [cite web|url=http://www.macraesbluebook.com/search/company.cfm?company=726724|title=Lucien Lagrange Architects Ltd|publisher=Owen Media Partners Inc. |accessdate=2008-01-18] and it has approximately sixty employees."The Man With A Plan", "Chicago Social", November 2007, Modern Luxury Media, LLC., Chicago, IL, pp. 102-104.] cite web|url=http://www.insidearch.org/cgi-bin/firmreports/fr-luc1311.php|title=Lucien Lagrange & Associates|accessdate=2008-01-21|publisher=InsideArch LLC|work=insidearch.org] The company is owned 100% by Lucien Lagrange. Lagrange is a French-born architect who came to Chicago in 1978 after studying at McGill University and who rose to prominence after having been a 1950s high school dropout.cite web|url=http://www.mcgill.ca/architecture/aluminterviews/lagrange/|title=Lucien Lagrange|accessdate=2008-01-21|publisher=McGill University|author=Donaldson, Jim|date=1997-11-05]

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. [cite web|url=http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/bts/archives/hotels/04_hardrock/overview.asp|title=Hard Rock Hotel|accessdate=2008-01-18|publisher=McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.|author=Weathersby, Jr., William] The firm has renovated Chicago's Union Station and is currently continuing its series of proposals to expand above the Chicago Landmark. Currently, it pursuing the 26-story Union Station Tower, [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=unionstationtower-chicago-il-usa|title=Union Station Tower|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-23] which has been in various planning stages since 2002. [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/bu/nc/ne/?id=100591|title=News: Chicago Union Station Tower back on track|accessdate=2008-01-23|publisher=Emporis.com|author=Finnegan, Tom|date=2002-08-15] In the past twenty-five years it has been involved in attempted Union Station expansions such as th 55-story One Union Plaza (1989) and the Union Station Towers (1986). [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=1unionplaza-chicago-il-usa|title=One Union Plaza|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-23] [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/cx/?id=unionstationtowers-chicago|title=Union Station Towers|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-23]

The firm has been selected as architects of the St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour in city-state|Bal Harbour|Florida for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. [cite web|url=http://www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/about/news_release_detail.html?obj_id=0900c7b98041c672|title=St. Regis News |publisher=Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.|accessdate=2008-01-18|date=2005-03-15] The project is expected to be completed in 2010. [cite web|url=http://www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/index.html|title=Future Openings|accessdate=2008-01-18|publisher=Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.] They are the architect for the approved [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=streetlakeviewnorthtower-chicago-il-usa Lincoln Park 2520] and the never built [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=126eastchestnut-chicago-il-usa 126 East Chestnut] , which was to have been completed in 2009. They are also the architects of the following buildings currently approved or under construction: The Elysian (Chicago), Ten East Delaware (Chicago), [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=teneastdelaware-chicago-il-usa|title=Ten East Delaware|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-23] 535 West End Avenue (city-state|New York|New York), [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=531westendavenuenue-newyorkcity-ny-usa|title=535 West End Avenue|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-23] River House Condominiums (city-state|Grand Rapids|Michigan), [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=riverhousecondominiums-grandrapids-mi-usa|title=River House Condominiums|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-23] and Blue Chip Casino Hotel Tower (city-state|Michigan City|Indiana). [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=bluechipcasinohoteltower-michigancity-in-usa|title=Blue Chip Casino Hotel Tower|publisher=Emporis.com|accessdate=2008-01-23]

The company is described in the real estate industry as one of Chicago's premier residence architects. [cite web|url=http://www.fordhamco.com/|title=Fordham Co.: Properties|accessdate=2008-01-23|publisher=Fordham Company] 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 city-state|Milwaukee|Wisconsin and the third tallest building in Metropolitan Chicago outside of Chicago. [cite web|url=http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek07/0720/0720p_casino.cfm|title=Midwest Casino Bets on Vegas-style Luxury Hotel|accessdate=2008-01-23|publisher=American Institute of Architects|author=Boniface, Russell] [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=bluechipcasinohoteltower-michigancity-in-usa|title=Blue Chip Casino Hotel Tower|accessdate=2008-01-23|publisher=Emporis.com] The firm is a notable contributor to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. [cite web|url=http://interactive.chicagobusiness.com/daley/contributor/7043-lucien-lagrange-and-associates-ltd/|title=Mayor Daley's Contributions: Lucien LaGrange and Associates Ltd.|accessdate=2008-01-18|publisher=Crain Communications, Inc.|work=ChicagoBusiness]

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