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There's a new website, 860|880 Lake Shore Drive that provides an excellent overview of the building, its creator, history and importance. It's the work of The 860|880 Website Committee - Sara Coffou, Chris Enck, Joel Herm, Ann Knowles, and others - and it serves both as sort of an intranet for current and potential residents, and a font of information for everyone else.
Krueck and Sexton and Gunny Harboe's award-winning restoration fifty years later - $10 million - seems, giving the place and inflation, quite a bargain.) There's an excellent gallery of current and historic photographs and, from 1957, both a brochure created by the tenants, and a link to a Life Magazine spread on Mies and his work, including 860-880.
There's a great essay by designer Susan Keig, who studied with Maholy-Nagy at Chicago's New Bauhaus, fell in love with 860-880, and has been living there for over fifty years.
Essay in Steel and Glass . . .
It contains certain truths. It wasn’t about self-expression. It was about working through a problem and finding a solution that could be used again, elsewhere. 860|880 is Mies’ understanding of what a steel and glass building should be . . . There’s a definitive ‘statement’ quality to it. Subsequent iterations of the type looked for ways to make it cheaper, and ended up diluting the purity of the original approach.Great stuff. Check it out for yourself: 860|880 Lake Shore Drive
The Marquette Building, the Holabird and Roche landmark that found the perfect owner/protector in becoming home to the MacArthur Foundation.
Marina City Online, whose City Within a City: The Biography of Chicago's Marina City, is one of the most exhaustive and entertaining accounts of a single building you're ever likely to find.
I'm sure there are more. Let me know what I'm missing.
Yeah, I just love the building. How it felt to be fulfilled if you have such feat to build a beautiful structure.
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