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Optima Horizons

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Identification

Optima Horizons
176597

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
caisson foundation
concrete
exposed structure
white red dark brown
modernism

Usages

residential condominium
shop(s) parking

Facts

  • Optima Horizons is located at the northern edge of Downtown Evanston, and runs parallel to the el tracks.
  • Original plans called for a 36-story 345-foot tower, but opposition from several neighbors forced the development down to 16 stories.
  • The original, taller design called for a diagonally-oriented tower in a parklike setting, creating a northern anchor to Evanston's downtown skyline.
  • In 1984 this site was set aside for the second phase of the Sherman Place office complex. Phase One, located just to the east, was the only part built.
  • The facade has mostly glass with silver, yellow, and red metallic accents.
  • Every unit on the fifth floor features a garden terrace over the garage roof.
  • This building received a Distinguished Building Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
  • Like the other two Optima buildings in downtown Evanston, the entrance features a fountain and a reflecting pool.

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Location

850 Elgin Road
1751 Benson Avenue, 845 Clark Street
850 Elgin Road
60201
Evanston
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

162.25 ft
162.25 ft
162.25 ft
145.00 ft
135.33 ft
8.67 ft
72.00 ft
378.00 ft
16
1
May 2003
Jan 2005
345

Involved Companies

Optima, Inc.

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Features & Amenities

  • Balconies are available
  • Public parking is available
  • Swimming pool is available
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