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Old Posted Jul 29, 2009, 2:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
Do you have any information on the office tower that was originally
to rise above the Great Hall?

All I have is this tiny postcard...

and I just found this illustration.

Also, what is the expansive building directly north of the Great Hall?
That was the proposed Post Office. It would've been between Union Station and Chicago & Northwestern Terminal.

It later got built over Congress Pkwy/Eisenhower Expwy. Now it just sits there abandoned. The opening scene (bank robbery) of "The Dark Knight" was filmed there.

"What is the chief characteristic of the tall office building? ... it is lofty. ... It must be tall, every inch of it tall. ... It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exultation that from bottom to top it is a unit without a single dissenting line." — Louis H. Sullivan. From "The tall office building artistically considered," Lippincott's Magazine, March 1896.
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