The Sears Tower is gone

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  1. Hospitalitygirl

    Hospitalitygirl Resident Ornery Bitch

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    It will be renamed...into something called The Willis Tower.

    Say it ain't so, Joe.

    Chicago's Sears Tower to get new tenant, new name | AP | 03/12/2009

     
  2. ArcticSplash

    ArcticSplash Dixie Normus

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    Even the Woolworth's Building is still called the Woolworth's Building.


    $10 says this name change doesn't last. WTF is gonna call that the... what was the name again?

    Pfft. :SM130:
     
  3. RussDiamond

    RussDiamond Shovel-Ready

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    Whatchootalkinbout Willis?
     
  4. Illiniwek

    Illiniwek Oskee Wow Wow

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    You would rather put ketchup on a Chicago hot dog than call the Sears Tower the Willis Tower. And, believe me, you do not want to put ketchup on a Chicago hot dog.
     
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    Nota Bena that we 'backwards' Philadelphians still have our PSFS building. If this were Chicago would it be the Loew's building?

    I think that the Duke and Duke building should be restored to South Broad Street, now that ridiculous Wachovia is no more. What an arrogant company!
     
  6. Illiniwek

    Illiniwek Oskee Wow Wow

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    Don't stick Chicago with this one; it's a deal between a couple real estate folks.

    It will never stick. Before long, Willis employees will be telling people they work at Sears Tower.
     
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    The Red Rooster and I could see the red PSFS sign from our bedroom window growing up and I must have asked my mom dozens of times what it stands for. What does PSFS stand for? I forget.
     
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    Philadelphia Savings Fund Society = They survived the great depression.
     
  10. Tobias

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    I hope they never remove that sign.
     
  11. Scoats

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    Cool. Sears moved to the burbs years ago. Why keep the iconic building named after them after they abandoned it?
     
  12. Brooke

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    Yeah, imagine my disappointment when I'm sent to defend Sears my first few days of practicing law and arrive in the burbs at Hoffman Estates and not downtown Chicago. Ugh.

    But I agree, the name change will never stick. I drive down Delaware Ave daily. And apparently, now I can go back to the TLA.
     
  13. raider.adam

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    Ah so you are brothers?
     
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    Where have you been? Twin brothers.
     
  15. Illiniwek

    Illiniwek Oskee Wow Wow

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    The river that runs through the Grand Canyon -- after which it was named -- is no longer called the Grand River. No Chrysler execs are slaving away in the Chrysler building. And, of course, no Penn is proprietor of -- you know -- his woods.
     
  16. Brooke

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    Apparently I too have been in the same place as Raider.adam (and Arlee, on one of our dates) because I had no idea.
     
  17. arlee

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    But that isn't so, Brooke. Because while I didn't know that they were twins, I did know that they were brothers, courtesy of the last HH.

    It was probably the only thing I could hear in that joint. I think you were talking to Dave and Adam was talking to Billy.
     
  18. arlee

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    Fixed that for ya.
     
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    We're twins, but not identical. He's five years older, five inces taller, sixty, maybe ninety pounds heavier, has redder hair and is more handsome. And more intelligent. And wittier. And funnier.
     
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    The title of this thread is misleading.... The Sears Tower is not gone.... just renamed.. stop trying to scare people thinking that it may have been demolished by a couple of low-flying 747's with an Iraqy flight crew. :eek:
     
  21. Illiniwek

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    It is because you don't know better that I forgive you.
     
  22. phillyaggie

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    at least Sears as a company still exists. Unlike PNB, PSFS, etc.

    just a minor thought to throw out there...
     
  23. Hospitalitygirl

    Hospitalitygirl Resident Ornery Bitch

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    But the buildings as iconic, architectural monuments, especially in the case of the PSFS Building, live on. More to the point, the Sears Tower is its own iconic structure, but by renaming it, it has died a death of sorts and is no longer there.
     
  24. phillyaggie

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    true. i think in popular mindset though, it will always be known as Sears Tower, which is as it should be.


    btw, i was just reading about Wanamakers history and learned about the PNB tower and why it is designed the way it is... there's supposed to be a huge bell up top, which was an idea dreamt up by the son of John Wanamaker's who took up the family business reins after John passed away. The idea didn't fly even back then.
     
  25. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very oldĀ®

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    The former Sears in Upper Darby(where I once bought vacuum bags and a Craftsman multi-meter) is a terrible eye-sore. Just a huge abandoned building rotting away. Anyone know the story there? I'd imagine it's pretty hard to re-purpose, but darn, it's just blight at this point.
     
  27. Elliott87

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    That bell is called the Founder's bell and as far as I know it still rings every hour. Funny thing is the bell was supposed to swing but was changed over to a mechanical strike (stationary bell) because the bell is huge and the swing effected the building, or so I am told.
     
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