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Erie on the Park

500 West Erie Street
Chicago IL United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Finished2002
Floor Count24
Building Uses
 - residential
Structural Types
 - highrise

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof292 ft

Description
Architect: Lucien Lagrange Architects

-Built on a parallelogram-shaped site on what was formerly an extension of Kingsbury Street. Before construction the site was crossed by grade-level railroad tracks.
- The building is positioned dramatically at a northern terminus of Kingsbury Street, a diagonal thoroughfare that runs parallel to the river.
- The east and west fa├žades are each braced against the wind by nine stacked chevron braces.
- The lobby is an exceptionally high 30 feet, and is connected to a parking garage behind the building.
- Several setbacks at the top provide outdoor terraces for the penthouse apartments.
- Constructed earlier than its namesake, a square-block park on the Chicago River across Erie Street. During the park's planning stages four skyscrapers were being built around its perimeter, partly in anticipation of the views.
- A rare example of a steel-framed residential tower; the lobby and the second level are built of concrete but the rest of the structure, including the core, is a steel megaframe.

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