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Water Tower Place

845 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1972
  Finished1976
Floor Count74
Floor Area287,997 m²
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - hotel
 - office
 - parking garage
 - residential
 - restaurant
 - retail
 - cinema
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - marble
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof859 ft

Description
• Developer: Philip Klutznick

• The Water Tower Place has the distinction of being America's first vertical mall. There are at least 100 shops, one movie theater, and several restaurants. They are all built around a central glass elevator that rises nine stories with the mall surrounding it.

• The successful mall was the first of four vertical malls along the Magnificent Mile area. The malls helped shift Chicago's retail center from State Street to Michigan Avenue.

• Talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey owns a condominium on the 56th floor. Tourists generally flock to the building only to be disappointed as she only stays in the building when taping her show and spends the rest of her time on the West Coast.

• World's tallest reinforced concrete building at the time of completion.

• The underground three floors are used for parking, the first floor is home to the main lobby, the next eight floors are used for retail, floors 10 - 32 are used for hotel rooms for the Ritz-Carlton, and floors 33 - 74 are used for condominiums.

• The building has three addresses. It's retail and commercial address is 845 North Michigan Avenue, it's hotel address is 160 East Pearson Street, and it's residential address is 180 East Pearson Street.

• The large white bands on floors 15, 33, and 74 are floors dedicated for mechanical use.

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Companies
Loebl Schlossman & Hackl - Architect
C.F. Murphy Associates - Structural engineer
  
  

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