- Inland Steel Building
building_name = Inland Steel Building
caption = A Chicago Landmark
location = 30 W. Monroe Street
constructed = 1956-1957
roof = convert|332|ft|m [cite web | title = Inland Steel Building | publisher = Emporis Corporation | url = http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=inlandsteelbuilding-chicago-il-usa | accessdate = 2008-02-08]
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
references = The Inland Steel Building, located at 30 W. Monroe Street in
Chicago, is one of the defining commercial high-rises of the post- World War IIera of modern architecture.cite web | title = Inland Steel Building | publisher = City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division | date = 2003 | url = http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/I/InlandSteel.html | accessdate = 2008-02-08 ] It was built in the years 1956-1957 and was the first skyscraperto be built in the Chicago Loopfollowing the Great Depressionof the 1930s. Its principal designers were Bruce Grahamand Walter Netschof the Skidmore, Owings & Merrillarchitecture firm.
The use of brushed stainless
steelcladding reflects the corporation that commissioned the building as its headquarters, the Inland Steel Company. The placement of all structural columns on the building's perimeter—and the consolidation of elevators and other service functions in a separate tower—allowed for a highly flexible interior floor layout with no interior columns. This design is a good example of the widely held principle of the era, " form follows function" (Louis Sullivan).
The Inland Steel Building was designated a Chicago Landmark on
October 7, 1998.
* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=inlandsteelbuilding-chicago-il-usa Inland Steel Building at Emporis]
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