Thursday, April 11, 2013

From The Monadnock Building To The Calder, Eighty Years Of Chicago Design History

Published on ChiTownView Apr 11, 2013
I was in Chicago's loop the other day when I noticed I was walking past an unassuming looking building that when it was built was an architectural marvel and the largest office building in the world. The Monadnock is a hunk of brown bricks that sits on Jackson just south of the Federal building. When it opened in 1894 it was the tallest commercial iron frame building with a load-bearing masonry exterior wall ever constructed. As well as being the largest office building.
Then right behind me was a piece of public art that takes the same kind of iron beams used to frame the Monadnock are used by Alexander Calder who twists them into a sculpture called Flamingo. It was constructed in 1974 and weighs fifty tons.

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