Crain Communications Building
|Crain Communications Building|
|Location||150 N. Michigan Av.
|Owner||SEB Asset Management|
|Roof||582 ft (177 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||A. Epstein and Sons|
Crain Communications Building is a 49-story, 582 foot (177 m) skyscraper located at 150 North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It was also known as the Smurfit-Stone Building and the Stone Container Building and was formerly called the Associates Center. It is popularly referred to as the Diamond Building or the Vagina Building (from the locally popular but apocryphal story that, with its prominent vertical slit up the front, the building was designed to be a yonic counter to the phallicism of most skyscrapers). Construction began in 1983 and was completed in 1984. The building, noted for its unusually slanted facade, was designed by Sheldon Schlegman of A. Epstein and Sons. The building has 41 floors of tenant space and the two spires at the top cover the main roof and HVAC equipment.
Although the building looks as though it is split down the middle, the two sides are only slightly disjointed until nearing the top, where there is a gap between them. At times, its slanted roof—which has been likened to a skyscraper slashed with a knife—displays local sports slogans on its face, such as "GO BEARS" and "GO SOX". It also displayed "VOTE 2008" during the 2008 election day rally at Grant Park.
At the time of its construction the Crain Communications Building was considered to be a smart building, with sophisticated environmental and security controls. Three years after its completion, the building played a role in the Touchstone Pictures film Adventures in Babysitting. The building is also modeled in EA's SimCity 4, as well as being destroyed in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon and in the videogame Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.
Position in Chicago's skyline
Note: in this picture the Crain Communications Building is labeled with its previous name, the Smurfit-Stone Building.
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- Crain Communications to move to 150 N. Michigan in 2012
- Contact Wells Fargo Insurance Services
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