The Inland Steel Building is true modern architecture.

Although an example of true modern architecture, today the Inland Steel Building may seem eclipsed by its state-of-the-art neighbors. In post-war Chicago, however, the building represented a new era in design. A separate mechanical tower, in conjunction with the use of pronounced structural ribs along the building’s exterior, allows the high-rise to be open in plan. The projecting steel ribs – which become columns at ground level -- emphasize the building’s structure and add depth to the facades, which feature green glazing and a grid of brushed stainless steel.


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