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Commercial Real Estate Legends We Lost in 2015


From tenant representation pioneer Julien Studley to West Coast real estate giant Doug Shorenstein and Texas billionaire investor Richard Rainwater, the US lost some remarkable legends in 2015. Chicago was not unscathed.


Legendary Chicago developer Marvin Romanek died in October at the age of 84. In the 1960s, Marvin and then-partner Eugene Golub set the stage for high-rise development on Michigan Avenue by building 625 N Michigan. Other notable Romanek-Golub projects include 180 N LaSalle and 55 W Monroe. He also made a play to save the old Chicago Stock Exchange building, before pulling out of the deal. Marvin split from Eugene in 1980 and formed Romanek Properties, which focused more on acquisitions.

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