Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Columbia Unveils Papermaker's Garden at 8th and Wabash

Rendering of new Papermaker's Garden at 8th and Wabash (via Columbia College)

Remember when we did that post about that new structure being built by Columbia at the northwest corner of Wabash and 8th?

Well we recently got an email from someone associated with the college and they directed us to a blog post:
A 5 p.m. unveiling ceremony for Columbia College Chicago’s expansion of the Papermaker’s Garden, located at 754 S. Wabash Avenue, will be one of the highlights in the Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl on Sept. 18, 5-8 pm.  
The 18-bed garden and tree plantings will act as a mini local habitat for wildlife. It also includes a rainwater capture cistern system which will reduce the amount of water used for the garden. The new garden also includes a covered multipurpose performance area.

For more information on the garden click here.

For those interested in the history of the neighborhood, this land used to be the old Buddy Guy Legend's blues club.  It was demolished.  Buddy Guy opened up a brand new club on the same block just to the North.  And Columbia has been doing random, interesting stuff with this space every since.

A nice, unique addition to the neighborhood.

(Hat tip:  NPL!)

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