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Richard J. Daley Center

55 West Randolph Street, Loop Downtown
Chicago IL United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1960
  Finished1965
Floor Count32
Floor Area136,102 m²
Building Uses
 - courthouse
 - government
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - international
Materials
 - glass
 - steel

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof648 ft
26th floor500 ft

Description
• Design Architects:
- C.F. Murphy Associates.
- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.
- Loebl, Schlossman & Bennett.

• Constructors: American Bridge Company, Gust K. Newberg Construction Co., MB Real Estate, Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc., Public Building Commission of Chicago, Sako & Associates, Severud-Elstad-Krueger Associates, Westinghouse Electric Elevator, Schindler Elevator.
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• An untitled Picasso sculpture sits in the plaza in front of the tower. Many people have tried to figure out what it is, while is made from same brown stell the buidling. But when viewed from the Northeast it becomes the profile of mayor Richard J. Daley.

• The Richard J. Daley Center is the the tallest court/judicial building in the world.

• The Tallest building in Chicago from 1965 to 1969, surpassed by the John Hancock Center as well tallest flat-roofed building in the world below 40 stories.

• The building was considered for landmark status in 2001, only 36 years after completion.

• The structural bays are wide enoug to be often compared to bridges.

• Each pier of building is shaped in plan like a cross, and become narrower towards the top, cause supports less weight.

• Lobby & Plaza are frequently used for cultural events and political demonstrations.

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