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One Ninety South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective

A work made of graphite, ink, and wash on paper.

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  • A work made of graphite, ink, and wash on paper.




Johnson/Burgee Architects (American, 1967–1991)
John H. Burgee (American, born 1933)
Philip Johnson (American, 1906–2005)
Shaw and Associates (American, 1969-1996)
Developed by John Buck Company (American, founded 1981)

About this artwork

After decades of modernist austerity, in the 1980s many tall buildings displayed a self-conscious use of architectural ornament and references to styles of the past, commonly known as postmodernism. Architect Philip Johnson become a leader in this eclectic movement and designed many corporate office buildings. Unlike the abstract Neoclassical pediment crowning his most famous work, the AT&T Building (now Sony Tower) in New York City, the historical motif of Johnson and Burgee’s 190 South LaSalle Street Building was designed to be site specific. Seen here in an early study, the distinctive twin gables of the final scheme for the building pay homage to a famous skyscraper of the Chicago School, the 1892 Masonic Temple designed by Burnham & Root, which was demolished during the Depression.


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Architecture and Design


John H. Burgee (Architect)


One Ninety South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective


Chicago (Building address)

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Graphite, ink, and wash on paper


76.5 × 51 cm (30 1/8 × 20 1/16 in.)

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Gift of The John Buck Company

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