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Metropolitan Correctional Center

71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago IL United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count27
Building Uses
 - other
 - courthouse
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - brutalist
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof289 ft

Architect: Harry Weese Associates

- This unusual skyscraper prison has extremely narrow windows and a sharp triangular shape. It is often compared to old computer cards that used punched slots.
- The prison's triangular shape minimizes the length of corridors to be patrolled.
- The exercise yard is located on the roof, and is hemmed in by a 9m (30-foot) concrete wall with fenced openings.
- The triangle's hypotenuse is on the northeast side, facing a trapezoidal plaza.
- The building adjoins a parking garage at its south end, which is also designed in the brutalist style with projecting concrete supports.

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