Daley Center in Chicago

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

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Daley Center
Official name:Richard J. Daley Center
Formerly:Chicago Civic Center

55 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60601
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Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Site area: 123,110 square feet
  • Floors above ground: 31
  • Floors below ground: 3
  • Maximum height: 647 feet, 11 inches
  • Floor space: 1,465,723 square feet
  • Building support caissons: 50
  • Building support caisson depth: 120 feet
  • Plaza support caissons: 108
  • Plaza support caisson depth: 86 feet
  • Steel beams: 27,000 tons
  • Steel plates: 4,500 tons
  • Column spacing: 48 feet x 87 feet
  • Floor-to-floor height: 18 feet
  • Passenger elevators: 40
  • Freight elevators: 3
Timeline
  • Construction start: February 28, 1963
  • Construction finish: February 8, 1966
  • 1976: This building was renamed the Richard J. Daley Center
  • September, 2010: This building was named #16 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.
Notes
  • This was formerly the location of the Opera House Building.
  • This was formerly the location of an RKO theater.
  • At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Chicago. It lost that title in 1969 with the completion of the John Hancock Center.
  • Architect: Jacques Brownson
  • Architecture firm: C.F. Murphy Associates
  • Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
  • Architecture firm: Loebl Schlossman, and Bennett
  • The lobby and plaza are Rockville granite from Cold Spring, Minnesota
Did You Know?
  • The sculpture in the plaza was a gift from Pablo Picasso to the City of Chicago.
Look For
  • The sculpture by Pablo Picasso in the plaza.
  • The vertical columns get thinner as they ascend toward roof level.
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