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A fine modern lobby.

The IBM story reminded me of this 1958 story in Time Magazine when the Inland Steel building opened.

“… Inside, Inland’s new building makes widespread use of art—both paintings (the industrial scene by modern artists) and sculpture (stressing the use of steel under tension). “Of course, the most important thing is the sale of steel,” said Art Collector Block. “But on the other hand, we believe that painting and sculpture belong in a modern office building to enhance its beauty.”

To enhance the lobby, Inland commissioned Richard Lippold to design a 15-ft.-tall construction of stainless steel rods, which is suspended in a delicate network of wires of gold, stainless steel and fire-red enamel. It is set against a block of polished black Belgian marble, and rests in a reflecting pool of water. …

There are more than 30 paintings, including a green, red, and white abstraction by Stuart Davis, a whirling Willem de Kooning, a locomotive wheel by Hedda Sterne and a towering Georgia O’Keeffe cityscape on the building’s walls. A Calder mobile floats above a table in Vice President Block’s office.

Among the first tenants in the new building will be Chicago’s civically proud Association of Commerce and Industry. Its decision to move there added point to Leigh Block’s assertion: ‘In a city of dark buildings, our new building offers a ray of hope and cleanness and, I think, drama.'”