11 November 2009 ? The Three Arts Building located at 1300 N. Dearborn may be turned into what some are calling the Midwest?s largest columbarium. Don?t? have a dictionary handy? This columbarium will have enough space to store the ashes of up to 15,000 dearly departed residents. Built in the early 1900?s, and designated a Chicago landmark in 1981, this four story building was designed by architect Jim Holabird and features a Byzantine-style entrance, beautiful ornate mosaics and a central courtyard. Back in the day, it served as a residence for young woman studying music, drama and painting. For between $1,000 and $10,000, the dearly departed can spend eternity in Chicago?s most expensive neighborhood. That may seem like a lot of money for a cubby hole, but compared to Bill Wrigley Jr?s 13,200 square foot penthouse around the corner at 65 E. Goethe, listed for $14 million, maybe it?s not so bad after all! Creepy? Yeah! Inappropriate? Maybe. But, don?t get too worked up just yet. Although this type of use is permitted by zoning, any changes to a Landmark building must be approved by the city. So there is a chance these uber-quiet neighbors may spend eternity elsewhere.Email This Post To a Friend.