How can you not like a skyscraper with flying buttresses? It's the ultimate blending of historic ambitions to reach the sky, and the modern-day ability to fulfill those ambitions. Most people are amazed when they find out that Chicago's NBC Tower is a child of the 1980's. Its vertical lines, rounded edges, and tiered setbacks scream "Art Moderne" (a streamlined form of Art Deco). It's a skyscraper right out of a Dick Tracey comic. The building's entrances are great, as well. Detailed brass grillework contrasts with the dark green marble of the base. That dark green color continues up the building with the spandrels, but those are only colored concrete, not granite. Still, the way the entire narrow edges of the front and back of the building bow outward help reinforce the ship's prow effect that the building has when seen slicing through clouds on a foggy day. With the accent floodlights on it's like a giant limestone cutter moving through the night.
- Construction start: 1985
- Construction finish: 1989
- Designed by: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
- Type: Skyscraper
- Stories: 37
- Maximum Height: 757 feet / 231 meters
- Height to roof: 617 feet
- Height to the tip of the spire: 757 feet
- October 20, 1989: The illuminated NBC peacock at the apex of the tower was lit for the first time.
- September, 2010: This building was named #28 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.
(Credit; Chicago Architecture)
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