Seagram Building

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (and Philip Johnson)
1957



This logical and elegant 38-story skyscraper (525' H) has alternating horizontal bands of bronze plating and bronze-tinted glass and decorative bronze I-beams which emphasize its verticality. Placed to the rear of its site and set back from Park Avenue, it incorporates a large plaza in the front as part of the design--thus avoiding the need for set-backs. It uses granite pillars at the base and has a two-story glass-enclosed lobby.




Other buildings on this site by Mies include: Barcelona Pavilion, Dirksen Building, Illinois Institute of Technology buildings (including Crown Hall and the Chapel), Mellon Hall of Science (Duquesne University), One Illinois Center, and the School of Social Service Administration Building (University of Chicago).


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