Inland Steel Building

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Inland Steel Building
Inland Steel Building 2007 05 21.jpg
General information
Location 30 W. Monroe Street[1]
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°52′52″N 87°37′45″W / 41.8810°N 87.6291°W / 41.8810; -87.6291Coordinates: 41°52′52″N 87°37′45″W / 41.8810°N 87.6291°W / 41.8810; -87.6291
Construction started 1956
Completed 1957[1]
Roof 332 feet (101.2 m)[2]
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill[1]
Inland Steel Building
Inland Steel Building is located in Illinois
Inland Steel Building
Location 30 W. Monroe St., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°52′51″N 87°37′43″W / 41.88083°N 87.62861°W / 41.88083; -87.62861
Area 0.5 acres (0.2 ha)
Built 1958
Architectural style International Style
NRHP Reference # 09000024[3]
Added to NRHP February 18, 2009

The Inland Steel Building, located at 30 W. Monroe Street in Chicago, is one of the city's defining commercial high-rises of the post-World War II era of modern architecture.[1] It was built in the years 1956–1957 and was the first skyscraper to be built in the Chicago Loop following the Great Depression of the 1930s.[4] Its principal designers were Bruce Graham and Walter Netsch of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architecture firm.[1]


Inland Steel Building

The use of brushed stainless steel cladding reflects the corporation that commissioned the building as its headquarters, the Inland Steel Company.[1]

The placement of all structural columns on the building's perimeter—and the consolidation of elevators and other service functions in a separate tower—allowed for a highly flexible interior floor layout with no interior columns.[1] This design is a good example of the widely held principle of the era, "form follows function" (Louis Sullivan). The lobby features a sculpture of gold, stainless steel and enameled copper by Richard Lippold entitled Radiant I.[5]

The Inland Steel Building was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 7, 1998.[1]

Inland Steel building


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Inland Steel Building". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Inland Steel Building". Emporis Corporation. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  3. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Schulze, Franz & Harrington, Kevin (2003). Chicago's Famous Buildings (5th ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 75. ISBN 0-226-74066-8.
  5. ^ Marter, Joan. The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, (Google Books link), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 172-73, (ISBN 0195335791), (ISBN 9780195335798).

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