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Dormant ‘Mummy’ construction site in River North coming to life

Artist rendering new Godfrey Hotel planned 127 W. Huron.  Design by Valerio Dewait Train

Artist rendering of the new Godfrey Hotel planned at 127 W. Huron. Design by Valerio Dewait Train

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Updated: November 18, 2012 7:06AM

With Halloween approaching, a River North construction site some have dubbed “The Mummy” is stirring to life.

The partially finished shell of a 16-story building was wrapped in canvas at 127 W. Huron and abandoned for four years until a few weeks ago. Chicago-based Oxford Capital Group LLC acquired loans on the site and took ownership earlier this year.

Oxford said Tuesday it has partnered with Cube Capital and will build the Godfrey Hotel Chicago on the site. The hotel will have 221 rooms.

The emphasis will be on extra space. The developers promised the hotel will have 194 “graciously sized” studio suites and 27 one-bedroom suites. Construction is due to be finished next summer, said Oxford President John Rutledge.

The Godfrey is to include a chef-driven restaurant and, in the latest rage for hotel planning, a rooftop lounge and conference center spanning indoor and outdoor space. The rooftop amenities will be on the building’s fourth floor, above a parking deck.
Rutledge said the spot enjoys commanding views of downtown and will be a “highly distinctive space.”

He said the hotel will be “upper upscale,” catering to guests who want a “more individualized, more bespoke experience.”

The Godfrey’s modernist architecture is by the firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. Valerio’s David Jennerjahn described the effect as follows: “We conceived of the hotel’s design as a taut wrapping of cubist forms that shift inward and outward to reveal the building’s expressive structural frame. Both daring and honest — a real Chicago building.”

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