Lake Point Tower, Chicago
For many years (since the 70's), I've admired Lake Point Tower apartment building near Navy Pier. Believe it or not, although it was built about 1967-1968, the concept began about 50 years earlier.
How? Well, famed architect, Mies van der Rohe in about 1921 made plans for a glass-clad tower for offices made of free, curving forms. That building was never built because he could not find financing for it.
However, the actual architects associated with Lake Point Tower were former students of Mies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Some of them actually worked in his practice.
This is a sleek, very sophisticated tower that, at one time, was a lone sentinel in Navy Pier Park. At the time that it was built, Navy Pier was at its low and in disrepair, horribly neglected. Of course today after a $200-million investment of public funds, Navy Pier, is now one of Chicago's most popular attractions.
Fondest memory: Lake Point Tower Apartments is really tall (645-feet high). There are 900 very expensive apartments here. Atop the building is the exclusive Citi Restaurant (We ate dessert with coffee there once, and the bill was over $40.00!)
The building really has only one wall, and it is a completely smooth curtain of glass that literally flows around "a 3-lobed, clover-leaf plan with a central, triangular core."
I remember the the 1970's going there to see one of our neighbor's grandparents, and I was awe-struck...I still am today!
One of a few outstanding tall buildings in a city full of tall buildings, Lake Point Tower dates from 1968 and is the masterpiece of German-born Chicago school architect Mies van der Rohe. Mies (to his fans) created the undulating glass curtain walls by modifying a design he had originally proposed for a Berlin apartment tower in 1922. Lake Point Tower's superb location at the base of Navy Pier guarantees that it will never be crowded out by inferior neighbors - it really does stand out on the skyline. When built in the 1960s, Lake Point Tower was the tallest concrete building in the world. I've always wanted to be invited to one of the apartments: I've heard that the views are incredible.
Lake Point Tower is 645 feet tall - and contains 70 stories. I read that it is the shortest 70 story building in the world! Street address is 505 N. Lake Shore Blvd.