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Inland Steel Building

Identification

Inland Steel Building
116889

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
pile foundation
stainless steel
curtain wall
gray
international style

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Like the columns, the 25-story service core (holding elevators and utilities) is set outside the main building envelope.
  • Designated as an architectural landmark in 1999.
  • The building occupies sixty-six percent of its site, with the attached service tower on the east side leaving room for loading areas and a small plaza.
  • The facade consists of stainless steel and dual glazed green tinted windows with a vertical accentuation.
  • A wire sculpture by Richard Lippold titled "Radiant I" is the centerpiece of the lobby. The artwork spans a shallow reflecting pool.
  • The steel piling foundation is an unusual exception for Chicago skyscrapers, which normally use concrete caissons.
  • The office floors are supported entirely by 7 columns on the east and west sides. These are set outside the building's perimeter, so the office spaces are completely open across the whole floor.
  • This headquarters building was the first major structure in the Chicago Loop in more than twenty years.
  • The design was started by Walter Netsch of SOM, and carried out by his colleague Bruce Graham.
  • The structural steel framing includes sixty-foot girders spanning the office floors and supporting the beams and steel decking.

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Location

30 West Monroe Street
60603
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

332.35 ft
332.35 ft
332.35 ft
252.00 ft
19
3
1956
Feb 1958
7

Involved Companies


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
client, owner, property management, structural engineering, tenant

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark