860-880 Lake Shore Drive Tour
Notable not only for being the first buildings to be framed and clad in steel, the two 26-story buildings at 860-880 North Lake Shore Drive built in 1949-1951, also have reputable recognition because through these structures architect Mies Van der Rohe tested and perfected features that defined his most famous style during his career: floor to ceiling glass curtain walls, exterior I-beam struts, recessed lobbies within colonnades that opens into a plaza with extensive use of travertine. Essential in re-defining Chicago’s mid-century modern architecture, the buildings accommodate residential units within a large plaza. They are set at right angles on a trapezoidal site to maximize views of Lake Michigan. Guests are invited to attend presentations and tours through various spaces of this historic building, including the restored plaza level, storefronts, and a duplex unit on the 26th-25th floor.
The tour will be led by Mark Sexton, founder of KSP, the architects for the 1992 and 2009 renovation of the unit and public spaces, respectively.
Saturday November 12, 2022 Schedule
|Morning||10:00am - 12:00pm|
|Tour Highlights|| Arrival (attendees responsible for their own transportation)
Welcome from Host
Walking Presentation and Q+A
Building Tour including: Lobby, Plaza, Duplex Residence