Structure in General
- Named for an Algonquin chief, this art deco lakefront tower features terra-cotta panels depicting scenes from Native American culture.
- The Powhatan projects farther east than any of the other highrises along Chicago Beach Drive.
- In the 1950s the lobby's features were covered over with drywall and a lowered ceiling, but the interior has since been restored.
- This cooperative building is the most expensive residential high-rise on Chicago's south side per tenant.
- Services include a 24-hour doorman and the only 24-hour elevator operators in Chicago.
- The top floor contains a grand art deco ballroom overlooking Lake Michigan, with open terraces on the north and south sides.
- Entrance to the building is through a rotunda at the southeast corner with a ring of art deco depictions of Native Americans around the ceiling.
- A pair of Peregrine falcons was brought in during the 1980s to control pigeons, but they had to be moved after they started chasing residents off the terraces.
- Another tower with a similar art deco façade, the Narragansett Apartments, was built directly to the west. Both buildings originally overlooked the Chicago Beach Hotel and its grounds.
- On the ground floor there is an art-deco swimming pool with pink walls and painted palm trees.
- The lobby walls feature mosaic strips alternating with the wood paneling, producing the effect of a tropical forest.
- The interior mosaics were made using a secret process developed by Newton A. Wells and the buildings' architect Charles Morgan which allowed the creation of 430 distinct hues. During restoration, craftsmen had to simulate this lost process.
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Features & Amenities
- City landmark