Carbon and Carbide Building, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective Sketch

A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

Date:

1927–28

Artist:

Burnham Brothers (American, 1924-1929)
Daniel Hudson Burnham, Jr. (American, 1886-1961)
Hubert Burnham (American, 1882-1968)

About this artwork

Designed by the sons of Daniel H. Burnham, the leading commercial architect in Chicago, the Art Deco Carbide and Carbon Building represented a stylistic departure from office buildings in the Neoclassical style, which had dominated the city since the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The Burnham brothers clad the tower in polished granite and dark-green and gold terracotta, in keeping with the bold, often exotic materials used in Art Deco design in the 1920s and 1930s. This high decorative quality was intended to set the office building apart from its neighbors, to serve, in the words of the company, as a “distinctive and perpetual advertisement” for the building’s occupants. The low angle of this perspective sketch emphasizes the tower’s soaring height, as it looms over pedestrians and cars on Michigan Avenue.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Burnham Brothers, Architects (Architect)

Title

Carbon and Carbide Building, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective Sketch

Origin

Michigan Avenue, 230 North

Date

1927–1928

Medium

Graphite on tracing paper

Dimensions

93.3 × 59.8 cm (36 3/4 × 23 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Friends of the Library and the Architecture Society (proceeds of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Burnham Library Benefit)

Reference Number

1987.336

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