CCSAH Rooftops Tour, Wednesday, September 16

CCSAH Building Tops Five Tour

When: Wednesday, Sept.16th, 2:30-5:00 pm
Where: Meet at 100 W. Monroe lobby, 2:15 p.m.

What: This fall's Tops of Buildings tour, created by Tom and Gail, starts at Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago at 100 W. Monroe Street, viewing the 23rd floor rooftop hotel lounge and its murals from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. The hotel is in a striking 1927 Art Deco building by Frank D. Chase, also architect of the 1936 Campana Cosmetics building in Batavia IL (on our 2014 bus tour). The original landowner, farmer Willard Jones, insisted that a cow path on his farm, mandated in an 1844 ordinance (and still extant next to the front entrance of the hotel) remain a part of the site plan at the land sale in the 1890s.
     From 3:00 to 4:00 pm, we'll be across the street at the internationally active firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, at 111 W. Monroe, Suite 2300, for a look at some of their projects (including Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, which will be the world’s tallest at 3,280 feet) and also their rooftop space in the 1957 SOM-designed Harris Bank East building.
     We’ll finish with a tour of the 12th floor of the Sullivan Center from 4:15 to 5:00 pm. This is the School of the Art Institute's Dept. of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at 33 South State (shown in photo), in the 1904 Schlesinger & Mayer (later Carson, Pirie, Scott, and now Target) department store by famed architect Louis Sullivan (and an award-winning restoration from top cornice to bottom by architect Gunny Harboe in 2006). Note: this tour is likely to sell out! Cost: $5.00/CCSAH members; $10.00 for guests. RSVP: Judy Freeman, jrfree3500@aol.com.