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Franklin Center North Tower

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Identification

Franklin Center North Tower
AT&T Corporate Center
117417

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
composite structure
caisson foundation
granite
applied masonry
gray
postmodernism
irregular roof

Usages

commercial office
mercantile

Facts

  • The lobby is one of the most lavish and sumptuous in Chicago, with stylized lighting fixtures and marble walls and floors in bold, brightly colored patterns.
  • The official height was increased to from 886 feet to 1,007 feet when the CTBUH began to include ornamental spires during the Willis Tower and Petronas Towers height controversy.
  • The lobby extends all the way through the block, connecting to the Franklin Center South Tower with a full-height atrium in the link between them.
  • The elevator banks in the lobby are lit by flamboyant bands of neo-deco lighting extending from one wall to the other.
  • At night the setbacks, finials, and spires are accented by softly colored lights.
  • This is the tallest building constructed in Chicago during the last quarter of the 20th century.
  • Designed by Adrian D. Smith, FAIA, RIBA design partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP.
  • Tishman Speyer acquired this property in an announcement made on December 5, 2004 along with 11 other buildings including the Franklin Center South Tower.
  • The building's mass narrows gradually with small setbacks at the 15th, 30th and 45th floors. This form of telescoping evolved into the pagoda-like form of the same architect's Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.

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Location

227 West Monroe Street
101 South Franklin Street
227 West Monroe Street
60606
Franklin Center
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Certificates

Certified as LEED – Silver (2010)

Technical Data

1,007.01 ft
1,007.01 ft
886.01 ft
826.77 ft
13.17 ft
60
2
1987
1989

Involved Companies


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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