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860–880 N. Lake Shore Drive

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Published 08/31/2015

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These twin apartment towers overlooking Lake Michigan were an early and eloquent realization of Mies van der Rohe's "less is more" credo, expressed in high-rise form. I-beams running up the facade underscore their verticality; inside, mechanical systems are housed in the center so as to leave the rest of each floor free and open to the spectacular views. Completed in 1951, the buildings are a prominent example of the International Style, which played a key role in transforming the look of American cities.

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860–880 N. Lake Shore Dr., at E. Chestnut St., Chicago, Illinois, 60611, USA

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Published 08/31/2015


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