Plaza on DeWitt

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The Plaza on DeWitt
General information
Location260 E. Chestnut Street
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°53′55″N 87°37′11″W / 41.89861°N 87.61972°W / 41.89861; -87.61972Coordinates: 41°53′55″N 87°37′11″W / 41.89861°N 87.61972°W / 41.89861; -87.61972
Construction started1963
Roof395 ft (120 m)
Technical details
Floor count43
Design and construction
ArchitectFazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The Plaza on DeWitt was completed in 1966 as a residential apartment building at 260 E. Chestnut Street in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. Originally called the DeWitt-Chestnut Apartment Building, and designed by Fazlur Khan while he was working for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, it was the first building in the world to implement the tubular construction method later used for the World Trade Center.[1] The 43-story tower accommodates 407 residences and is the tallest building in Chicago to be clad in travertine marble. It was converted to condominiums in 1975.[2] On the ground floor, a French bistro, Le Petit Paris, formerly Zaven's, serves traditional French cuisine.[3]

In 2002, a fire on the 14th floor killed one and injured 11,[4] and on December 10, 2009 another fire, on the 36th floor, also killed one person and injured 12 people. About one third of the Chicago Fire Department's equipment, with about 300 firefighters, responded to the 2009 fire.[5]

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  1. ^ Beedle, Lynn S.; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (1986). Advances in tall buildings. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. p. 149. ISBN 9780442215996.
  2. ^ "Another high rise joins condo parade". Chicago Tribune. 19 July 1975.
  3. ^ Moore, Anne (4 December 2006). "Chic spots to refuel just off the Mag Mile; Bistro fare plus formality at elegant Le Petit Paris". Crain's Chicago Business.
  4. ^ "1 killed, 11 injured in Gold Coast fire". Chicago Tribune. 22 Jan 2002.
  5. ^ "1 dead in Streeterville high-rise fire". 10 December 2009. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009.