Public Storage Mutilates for Commerce!

Y’know what company really hates architecture? Public Storage.

Clark Street, Edgewater

These guys ram their unified corporate paint scheme over every building they get, with a disregard for aesthetics and architectural detail that borders on the criminal.

S. Ashland Avenue

Archer Avenue

N. Broadway, Edgewater

Seriously. It melts my brain.






What crime did these poor warehouse buildings commit to have their ornament slathered over in such a fashion? Who did they offend?

7 thoughts on “Public Storage Mutilates for Commerce!

  1. My friend used to be property manager at the one on Ashland, was once the Sweetheart Cup Factory. At least that's what she told me.

  2. Paint is really bad for brick. It keeps moisture from weeping in and out of it correctly and so causes moisture to stay in there and make cracks in the facade when it freezes.

  3. Maybe I'm naive, but I look at that and think, "I like how those Public Storage people use what they have and don't cut the neighborhood by plowing everything down and building up something new and disgusting." They seem to be using what's available with the only caveat being ruining a little masonry — rather than gutting and tearing down. Isn't that better?

  4. I completely disagree. Given the amount of demolishing that seems to continually occur elsewhere in this city, it's a miracle these buildings remain. Yes, the painting is a bit unsightly. However, I'll always prefer that over any new edifice featuring the usual cookie-cutter architecture that's all over Chicago now. This is much ado about nothing.

  5. This is fo ugly, but I have to agree with the other comments that point out the building wasn't torn down. It's definitely not something to be excited about though.I found your blog on the Location Central blog (no idea how I got there though…) and I love it!

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