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Mather Tower

75 East Wacker Drive
Chicago IL United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1926
  Finished1928
Floor Count42
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - hotel
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - neo-gothic
Materials
 - terra cotta

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Roof521 ftChicagoArchitecture.Info

Description
• Architect: Herbert Hugh Riddle

• The tower has the smallest floors of any skyscraper in downtown Chicago.

• In 1998 pieces of terra cotta fell of the building, as a result the top of the tower was wrapped in mesh. In 2000, the top 4 floors were demolished because they were had structurally decayed. For two years, the building stood without its cupola.

• On the weekend of November 23-24 2002, a helicopter lifted a new steel framework from a river barge to the top of the tower, restoring the cupola. Although on November 22, 2003 a few tiles fell off the tower again and hit two pedestrians on the street below.

• The Mather Tower was Designated a Chicago Landmark on March 7, 2001.

• The building was once the headquarters of the Mather Stock Car Company

• The original design for this building included an adjacent second identical building and a radio tower.

• Renovated in 1982-1983 by Harry Weese and Associates.

• The lower part of the building is used for office space while the upper portion of the building is home to a private hotel.

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