Time-Life Building (Chicago)

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The Time-Life Building is a 404-foot-tall (123 m), 30-story skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois designed by Harry Weese and completed in 1969. Located at 541 North Fairbanks Court in the Near North Side, it was among the first in the U.S. to use double-deck elevators. The odd-numbered floors are accessible from the lower lobby, with even floors serviced from the upper level. Currently managed by the Golub Group. It currently serves as the headquarters for the Chicago Park District.

Architecture[edit]

The structure is clad in Cor-Ten steel, the material used for the Daley Center and the Picasso sculpture in the Center's plaze. The metal rusts with age, an effect intended by the architects. The lobby floor is ½ level below ground, and an underground retail concourse is found another half level below. The coffered ceilings in the lobby and outdoor arcade are similar to Washington DC's subway system, designed by the same architect. The 27-foot-high (8.2 m) lobby has a base of 87 feet (27 m) with 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) bay windows.

Awards[edit]

  • In 1973, the architects won an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

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Coordinates: 41°53′32″N 87°37′11″W / 41.8922°N 87.6198°W / 41.8922; -87.6198