Occupying the southern half of a city block in the heart of the Loop, Citadel Center tries hard to be friendly with its neighbors, but doesn't quite fit in with its surroundings. Citadel Center features a half-block eastern setback that keeps it from overshadowing the all-important State Street corridor. But the tradeoff is that the tower portion casts the Dearborn side in darkness, in spite of its shiny glass cladding and convex shape. There simply isn't enough light shared by the dark stone buildings in the area for this building to effectively reflect light into the street. That's not to say this building is bad in design. It's just a victim of circumstances. The building has many good attributes, like the setbacks near the corners that give it a little vertical visual interest, and the sparse grid that helps divide the building into visually appealing sections. The roof overhang is also nice, as it presents this building as a more human-scale dwelling, rather than some random skyscraper piercing the clouds and finishing out of view.
- Construction start: 2000
- Construction finish: 2003
- Designed by: DeStefano + Partners
- Type: Skyscraper
- Stories: 37
- Maximum Height: 580 feet / 177 meters
- Rentable floor space: 1,500,000 square feet
- 1896: The Fair department store opened in this location in a building designed by William LeBaron Jenney.
- 1963: The building at this location was purchased by Montgomery Ward.
- 1984: This property was rezoned to allow the construction of a 72-story office tower that was never built.
- 1988: This property was sold by Mobil Oil for $50 million Bramalea to build a retail and office complex.
- March 17, 2003: The Chicago Tribune reports that Bank One will leave its namesake tower. When Bank One merged with JPMorgan Chase, the company pledged that this would be one of the locations for its consolidated operations. Guess not.
- Architecture firm of record: DeStefano and Partners
- Design consultants: Ricardo Bofill Arquitectura
- This was formerly the location of The Fair department store. That building was later purchased and became the Montgomery Ward Flagship Store.
- The department store building was torn down to make way for a 72-story skyscraper that was going to be the headquarters of Mobil Oil. It was never built.
(Credit; Chicago Architecture)
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