McCormick Place
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Architect C. F. Murphy Associates
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Location Chicago, Illinois   map
Date 1968 to 1971   timeline
Building Type large convention center
 Construction System steel frame, curtain wall enclosure
Climate temperate
Context urban, waterfront
Style Modern
Notes large-scale space frame, 15 feet deep, spanning 150 feet with 75 feet cantilevers.


Photo, exterior overview from a distance



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Aerial view of McCormick Place

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Detail Drawing

Plan Drawing

Site Plan Drawing

Perspective Drawing

Discussion McCormick Place Commentary

This unusually elegant convention center building on the shore of Lake Michigan was strongly influenced by the designs of Mies van der Rohe. See for instance the New National Gallery in Berlin.

Sources on McCormick Place

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slide in the Artifice Collection.

Walter F. Wagner Jr., ed. "McCormick Place on-the-Lake, Chicago, Illinois", Architectural Record. May 1971. Vol 149 Number 5. p102. drawing of plan, p103. drawing of wall detail, p105. drawing of exterior perspective, p103. drawing of site plan, p102.

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f290, p361. — An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at

Drawing courtesy of the architect.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about McCormick Place


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