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What Are Downtown's Oddest Building Amenities?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, August 06, 2007, at 07:45PM
Premiere Towers Chess Set Eric Richardson [Flickr]

As Downtown's residential options have expanded, buildings have done some pretty creative things when it comes to amenities. Several buildings talk of screening rooms and common-area lounges. Many offer gyms with a range of high-end equipment. Along with the ubiquitous pool, Santee Court even boasts a rooftop putting green and mini driving range. I doubt that's something many people have on their checklist of what to look for in their housing.

There comes a point, though, where amenity goes from cool bonus to a bit of a head-scratcher. For instance, my building, Premiere Towers, recently put a novelty sized chess area on the roof (pictured). Though I can't say I'm up there constantly, I have yet to see someone play.

I know there have to be other good puzzlers out there. What's the oddest building amenity you've seen offered? Can someone explain to me why every building seems to want a business center these days?

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