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07/03/2007
Chicago Windows – then and now


The great “Chicago windows” of the Reliance Building, reflected in the new glass going up on Block 37 across the street from it.

From the Chicago Landmarks site entry on the Reliance Building:

To Chicagoans of the 1890s, the glass-covered exterior of this building seemed to almost defy gravity. A century later, it is internationally recognized as the direct ancestor of today’s glass-and-steel skyscrapers. Extremely narrow piers, mullions, and spandrels, all covered with cream-colored terra cotta decorated with Gothic-style tracery, divide wide expanses of glass and clearly delineate the interior steel framework that supports the building. The light and airy facade is almost entirely windows–both flat and projecting bays–of the type known as a “Chicago window:” a wide fixed pane with narrow movable sash windows flanking it. A flat cornice tops the 14-story structure.

What will they write of the new windows on the buildings by Perkins and Will rising on Block 37?
-Edward

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