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Identification

55 East Erie
100423

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
concrete
concrete
exposed structure
white
postmodernism
flat roof with 1 box

Usages

residential condominium
parking

Facts

  • This building surpassed Lake Point Tower as Chicago's tallest all-residential tower, and in 2007 it will be supplanted by 340 on the Park.
  • The terraces belonging to the upper residences are among the highest on any building in the world.
  • A covered arcade runs along the north side of the building between Rush and Wabash Streets.
  • Groundbreaking took place in June 2001.
  • The building's site was previously occupied by the 10-story international style home of the American College of Surgeons.
  • At the beginning of construction the projected height was 649 feet 11.5 inches; the height was reduced about three feet by the elimination of two concrete lips on the roof of the mechanical penthouse.
  • The design evolved from an original concept by architect Robert A.M. Stern.
  • During the early planning stages the developers discussed including a Mandarin Oriental hotel on the lower levels of a 60+ story tower on this site.
  • During foundation work a brick tunnel under the site dating back to the 1870s was discovered and had to be sealed, delaying construction.
  • During construction, plans for a set of flying buttresses around the mechanical penthouse were dropped.
  • The structure was topped out on June 6, 2003.

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Location

55 East Erie Street
640 North Rush Street, 641 North Wabash Avenue
55 East Erie
60611
Near North Side
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

646.81 ft
646.81 ft
644.81 ft
599.93 ft
586.84 ft
10.17 ft
56
2001
Mar 2004
7
360

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Features & Amenities

  • Balconies are available
  • Bicycle storage is available
  • Doorman is available
  • Exercise facility is available
  • Hospitality room is available
  • Public parking is available
  • Sauna is available
  • Swimming pool is available
  • Terraces are available
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