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inland steel

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not too long ago i read an article in the tribune about the possibility of the inland steel building being sold off.  located at 30 w. monroe street, som designed inland steel was finished in 1958.  easily, inland steel is one of my favorite buildings here in chicago; i simply love the way the exterior metal cladding oil cans across the vertical columns playing with and softening the warm sunlight.  similarly, the earthy green toned glass contrasts ever so wonderfully against the stainless steel clad columns.  luckily inland steel is an official chicago landmark, and while the credibility of landmark status has been eroding as far as interiors are concerned, inland steel was ground breaking for its column free interior floor plan.  the ironic twist to this story is the involvement of frank gehry.  apparently mr. gehry was part of a group of investors that purchased the charismatic structure back in 2005 for $44.5 million.  mr. gehry claims he was on board under the notion that he would have a hand in renovating the building.  currently, the building is expected to fetch $55 million.  here’s hoping that any future owners treat the building with the admiration and respect it’s due.

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30 May 2007 - Posted by | architecture, society

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