Water Tower Place, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective

A work made of pencil and felt tip markers on paper.

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  • A work made of pencil and felt tip markers on paper.

Date:

1970

Artist:

C.F. Murphy, Associate, in joint venture with Loebl, Schlossman, Bennett & Dart
American, 1925-75

Designed by Gene Summers with Helmut Jahn
Delineated by Wojciech Madeyski

About this artwork

In the 1970s, Chicago skyscrapers exploded in scale, innovation, and technological sophistication. Two seminal buildings of this period appear side by side in this rendering of North Michigan Avenue—the John Hancock Center (1970) and Water Tower Place (1976). Designed by architect Bruce Graham and engineer Fazlur Kahn of the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the muscular black frame of the John Hancock Center expresses its trussed-tube system, a new engineering concept that allowed the rise of supertall towers while advancing a distinctive structural aesthetic. Water Tower Place, shown in a preliminary two-tower version in the foreground, advanced a different kind of innovation—a new form of mixed-use skyscraper that joined a large retail mall and parking with office space and residential units, transferring formerly suburban functions to the city center.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Charles F. Murphy (Architect)

Title

Water Tower Place, Chicago, Illinois, Perspective

Origin

United States

Date

1970

Medium

Pencil and felt tip markers on paper

Dimensions

114.3 cm × 83.5 cm (45 × 32 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Helmut Jahn

Reference Number

1982.1084

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