Mies’ IBM slated for Chicago city landmark status

It doesn’t look quite the same, and you can’t see it as well as you used to, but at least it’ll be a landmark!

We’ve blocked the best view, and desecrated the lobby,

but at least now the Chicago City Council’s Landmarks Committee has approved landmark designation for the 52-story tower at 330 N. Wabash that is the last and tallest American office building designed by Mies and his firm.

Until recently, this was its command over the city.

The other good news is that you’ll be able to spend a night in it.
Floors 2 through 14 will be a 335 room luxury hotel.

Today’s article says,

Completed in 1972, the IBM building is now 30 percent vacant and in desperate need of a face-lift. It’s located across the street from Trump Tower, a 92-story tower that has blocked the IBM building’s once-unobstructed views of Lake Michigan (and the Chicago River).
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5 Responses to “Mies’ IBM slated for Chicago city landmark status”

  1. David Whitehill Says:

    Perhaps we could stay loyal to Mies’ original vision if we bronzed the entire building.

  2. Edward Lifson Says:

    David, What a great idea! Worthy of Rem Koolhaas, who “excavated” a corner of Mies and his firms’s Commons building at IIT to treat it as an artifact.

    Of course Mies’ Seagram Building in New York is made largely of bronze with bronze colored glass.

    But I love your idea, and I think Chicago’s should be really shiny, to go with the new Trump Tower next to it. (just kidding.)

    All best, Edward

  3. Edward Lifson Says:

    David, What a great idea! Worthy of Rem Koolhaas, who “excavated” a corner of Mies and his firms’s Commons building at IIT to treat it as an artifact.

    Of course Mies’ Seagram Building in New York is made largely of bronze with bronze colored glass.

    But I love your idea, and I think Chicago’s should be really shiny, to go with the new Trump Tower next to it. (just kidding.)

    All best, Edward

  4. David Whitehill Says:

    Don’t know where this relates, but it is interesting to see where designers fall, politically:
    http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=occ&occ=Architect&search=Search

  5. David Whitehill Says:

    Don’t know where this relates, but it is interesting to see where designers fall, politically:
    http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=occ&occ=Architect&search=Search

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