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Old Posted Jul 27, 2008, 9:08 PM
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Cool CHICAGO | AON center | 1,136 FT / 346 M | 83 FLOORS | 1973

built in 1973 AON center was once the tallset building in chicago.
it is the 4th tallest in the US and 16th tallest in the world.
the buildings facade is made of mount airy white granite.
it was once made of marble but was refaced for about $80 million dollers which was over half the cost of the building itself. the old marble was crushed and used for landscaping.

those facts are from: Aon Center (Chicago) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




this pic is from www.skyscraperpicture.com/aoncenter.htm

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Seems like people on this board seem to have a fascination with this building, but from my experience an average person on the street really doesn't think too much of it. Bland and tall, and that's about it.
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..but, it really understands verticality. Not the world's greatest building, yet still underappreciated for its simple and monolithic beauty
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Didnt this building had/has on some floors Tiffany Ceiling?
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I like it, but I also like box monoliths like the AON Center in LA as well.
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it looks like the world trade centers long lost twin!
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Maybe someone from Chicago can help me...

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the building originally proposed with a pyramid top??

I seem to remember that the pyramid top was scratched in order to allow Sears to become the world's tallest building??

And lastly I seem to remember seeing a rendering of the original design, pyramid topped design. If so I'd love to see it posted.

Is any of this true, or am I just imagining things?
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^^^
yes it did have that. but i couldent find any pics.
sorry.
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Love this shot!




Don't love the building though...
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My Dad worked here in the 70's for amoco and so this building has always had a special place in my heart.. Cold, Stoic, Brutal, Beautiful.
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I have to admit I never cared much for AON ("Big Stan") when it was being built. Since, I have mellowed somewhat and AON has been redeemed even if only for the impact its great size and contrasting light color make on the Chicago skyline. If it were half its height it would have been lost and forgotten in mediocrity. The functionless stone cladding emphasizes vertical line but at the expense of the underlying structure, which done right sans cladding, might have been a more interesting design. It just could have been so much more.

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I'm in this building right now. . .
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really?
do you work there?
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does this building have/had on some floors Tiffany ceiling? ive heard a while ago that it did....
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I'm in this building right now. . .
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Only in Chicago can a 1000+ ft skyscraper be "just another building" Most average Chicagoans probably dont even know the name of this building, unlike for instance the Sears Tower or John Hancock.
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paging hydrogen and his insanely good pics of this building.
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Only in Chicago can a 1000+ ft skyscraper be "just another building" Most average Chicagoans probably dont even know the name of this building, unlike for instance the Sears Tower or John Hancock.
because chicago has so many tall ones unlike other citys where there average building is about 20 floors.
in chicago 100 floors is the average!!
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