Marina City, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective Looking West

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Bertrand Goldberg
American, 1913-1997

Marina City, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective Looking West, 1985

Marker on tracing paper
55.3 x 86.4 cm (21 3/4 x 34 in.)
The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate, RX23664/75.57

Bertrand Goldberg’s design for Marina City (1959-67) had a lasting impact on Chicago urbanism and provided a virtually unrivaled contribution to the cultural imagination of the mid-century world. The novel mixed-use development was designed to produce a microcosm of the urban landscape or, “a City with a City,” with a lively 24-hour cycle of living, work, and play in the apartment towers, commercial areas, office and theater buildings. An expressive sketch of the complex illustrates a variety of geometries from rounded tower “petals” to a recessed rectangular ice-skating rink. This drawing was created in 1985 when Goldberg was asked to consult on renovations to the plaza level of the complex.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

Barrow, Heather and Lori Hanna Boyer. Bertrand Goldberg Collection Finding Aid. (The Art Institute of Chicago, 2007), p. 27.