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Middle (small): Chicago Board Of Trade or "CBOT"
Since 1930 the Chicago Board of Trade has been housed in this 605 foot building. It is building is designed in art deco style and it's the tallest art deco building in the world outside of New York. The 32-foot tall, 6500 pound Roman goddess Ceres, goddess of grain, on top of the building holds a bag of corn in her right hand and a sheaf of wheat in her left. The statue is faceless, because at the time it was thought that the building was so tall that no one would see her face anyhow. Her blank face and classical gown show the ultimate degree of Art Moderne streamlining. Now, the building is surrounded by other skyscrapers in the busy downtown loop district.
Right: 190 South LaSalle
190 South LaSalle (built 1987, 573 feet, 40 floors) with its beige exterior and gabled roof, appears to be a very tall chateau complete with small round windows in the gables and arched one-story windows capping the vertical window elements, unifying them into a single form. The building's gabled roof was inspired by a now demolished Masonic Temple from 1892. Entering through the building's lobby will awe you. 40 ft coffered ceiling covered in gold leaf (even the elevator ceilings), walls and floor entirely made of marble.
November 2nd, 2012
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