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21 September 2009

1974 – Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is at 1450 feet and 110 stories, the tallest building in the United States. Once the world’s tallest building, and still...

21 September 2009

1973 – Elysées Condominiums, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz and Associates The tower is a large slab resting on inverted triangular piers, which separate it from the wide base. The Chestnut Street lobby has a flamboyant art deco...

21 September 2009

1973 – Aon Center, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Edward Durell Stone & Associates The Aon Center (formerly the Amoco Building, Standard Oil Building or “Big Stan” as the building was often called) is one of the tallest in the world...

21 September 2009

1971 – IBM Building, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Mies van der Rohe This is Mies’ last American building and his largest, faced with dark aluminum and bronze-tinted glass.The original plan called for a U-shaped building, but the rectangular design was...

21 September 2009

1969 – John Hancock Center, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Today, the John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois, is affectionately known as “Big John,” but it was not always this way. Located on North Michigan Avenue along...

21 September 2009

1962 – Marina City, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Bertrand Goldberg Sitting on a three-acre site, Marina City is referred to as “the city within a city,” as there is a 16-story office building inside; a 1,750-seat theater and a 700-seat...

21 September 2009

1956 – 900-910 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Mies van der Rohe A further development of his work at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive (immediately next door), 900-910 was built as two blocks of different sizes with a low pavilion building...

21 September 2009

1951 – 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Mies van der Rohe Deceptively simple in appearance, these twin apartment towers set the standard by which all subsequent glass-and-steel highrises are judged. Few, if any, have come even close to these...

21 September 2009

1929 – Palmolive Building, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Holabird & Root Built for one of the world’s leading soap manufacturers, this office building (“a monument to cleanliness”) was the first commercial skyscraper built far from the Loop – at the...