The Franklin in Chicago

Photo of The Franklin in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Franklin in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of The Franklin in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Franklin in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Franklin in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation

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The Franklin
Formerly:AT&T Corporate Center
Formerly:Franklin Center North Tower

227 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60606
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Epitomizing both the Chicago architectural spirit and 1990's architectural style, the AT&T Corporate Center reaches into the sky in a flurry of spires, gables, and points. Its massing makes it resemble an updated version of the city's beloved Chicago Board of Trade. But the color, materials, and intent leave Art Deco in the dust and fully embrace late 20th century building trends. Of particular note are the vertical channels at the center of each face. These expand as they get higher, making the extended corners of the building narrower and seemingly taller. It's an interesting exercise in forced perspective, where the corners taken on their own, appear taller, while the center of the building appears broader.<br><br>

While the exterior bears only a faint resemblance to the Art Deco monuments that made the Loop great, the interior tries harder. The lobby and public areas feature lighting fixtures and accents that harken back to the city's golden age of architecture.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Floor space: 1,700,000 square feet
  • Rentable floor space: 1,600,000
Timeline
  • 1995: This building and the USG Building were sold together for a combined price of $540,000,000.
Notes
  • Developer: Stein Company
  • The setbacks occur at the 30th, 45th, and 59th floors.
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There are three comments.

   I remember this quite well, as I was with the management of the General Contractors team to build it!

David Webster - Monday, December 6th, 2010 @ 3:04pm  

  Retro or not, the AT&T Building in Chicago adheres to Louis Sullivan's dictum for all good design -- "form follows function." It will win admirers long after the irrationalities of Gehry and Libeskind are dismissed as decadent architecture.

Person of Interest - Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 @ 5:54am  

  I can see the AT&T center from where I am sitting now. It is a beautiful set back building, with an art deco feel.

kirby cruz - Thursday, December 7th, 2006 @ 8:42pm  

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