Richard Daley Center
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Architect C. F. Murphy Associates
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Location Chicago, Illinois   map
Date 1965   timeline
Building Type skyscraper, civic center office tower
 Construction System exposed Corten steel, weathering steel
Climate cold temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Austere rust-patinaed tower. Controversial Picasso sculpture in plaza.


Photo, exterior, tower and public plaza with sculpture




Detail Drawing



Section Drawing

Section Drawing

Site Plan Drawing

Discussion Richard Daley Center Commentary

"With its unusually wide grid of supports and the strong horizontal emphasis of its protruding joists, this civic centre shows itself an intelligent transformation of the Miesian original. In the functionally meaningful successive reduction of its support cross-sections, it follows the solution adopted by [Ludwig Mies van der Rohe] for the Promontory Apartments in Chicago. The material is untreated Corten steel, which forms a rust patina as a protective layer."

— Peter Gossel and Gabriele Leuthauser. Architecture in the Twentieth Century. p236.

"A 648-foot-high tower set on a 2 1/2 acre plaza, it was designed to house offices and courtrooms. Faced with oxidizing steel and glass, it has no major interior columns, just twelve huge cruciform exterior columns with 87-foot steel trusses running lengthwise and 48-foot spans running crosswise."

—from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p86.

Sources on Richard Daley Center

Bruno Alfieri, ed. "Chicago Civic Center, Chicago Illinois", Lotus. Vol 4. drawing of first floor plan, p67. drawing of 30th floor plan, p69. drawing of site plan, p66.

Peter Gossel and Gabriele Leuthauser. Architecture in the Twentieth Century. Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH & Co., 1991. ISBN 3-8228-0550-5. exterior aerial photo with plaza, p237.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Jan C. Rowan, ed. "Civic Center: Dignity and Continuity", Progressive Architecture. October 1966. Vol 47 Number 10. p244. drawing of longitudinal section, p247. drawing of transverse section, p247. drawing of column detail, p247.

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


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