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Chicago - Look Towards The Sky
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© Christine Till
Hardly a block can be walked downtown Chicago without spying an architectural gem.
Left middle: Three First National Plaza - 57 floors, Height: 767 feet / 234 meters, built 1981
This building, located in the center of Chicago's business and financial community, reflects the style of the Chicago School of architecture. It was intentionally built shorter than the JPMorgan Chase Tower accross the street to preserve the views from the boardrooms at the top of that building. The 1.4 million-square-foot faceted tower is clad in Carnelian granite and tinted glass, making a significant impact upon Chicago's skyline. This sawtoothed tower rises from a nine storey glass atrium which also incorporates an eleven storey tower on the east end of the plaza. A skywalk connects this structure over Madison avenue to the Chase Tower.
Right: Chase Tower (aka First National Bank Building), Height 850.01 ft, 60 Floors above ground, built from 1966 to 1969, is one of the city's famous buildings. It replaced six older skyscrapers. The old First National Bank Building remained standing until Chase Bank moved into this building, then was torn down to build the plaza.
The building sweeps from a 200-foot wide base to 95 feet at the top. Despite its almost brutalist exterior, the tower exudes a sleek elegance.
U.S. President Barack Obama met his wife Michelle in this building in 1989 when both worked for the law firm Sidley & Austin.
October 11th, 2012
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