The U.S. Bank Building in Chicago

Photo of The U.S. Bank Building in Chicago, Illinois
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The U.S. Bank Building
Formerly:190 South LaSalle

190 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60603
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190 South LaSalle is another very-1980's skyscraper, with its beige exterior and faux gabled roof. But what it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in height. It appears to be a very tall château complete with small rose windows in the gables and arched one-story windows capping the vertical window elements, unifying them into a single form. Perhaps too much effort was spent emphasizing the verticality of these windows, as their proportions make it look like some kind of ritzy high-rise jail. It is most notable, however for the fact that this was John Burgee's first skyscraper in his native Chicago.

Quick Facts
  • Floor space: 773,000 square feet
  • May, 2006: C.B. Richard Ellis bought this building for $137,000,000.
  • May, 2013: Tishman Speyer Properties bought this building for $211 million.
  • May 15, 2013: This building was renamed the U.S. Bank Building.
  • Architect: Philip Johnson
  • Architect: John Burgee
  • The design of this building was inspired by Burnham and Root's now demolished Masonic Temple from 1892.
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  I was onsite project manager for Midwest Curtain-walls, who manufactured, furnished and installed the Custom Aluminum Window Wall System, glass and glazing, entrances and lobby enclosure system, for this magnificent building. Of all the high rise structures, I participated in the construction of, this was one of the most enjoyable and challenging of my 40+year career, It was/is a landmark structure. The architecture is outstanding. Am proud to have been a part of it.

William J Donnellon - Friday, May 20th, 2016 @ 12:45pm  

  I worked for Mayer Brown in this building for three years. Entering through that lobby never ceased to awe me. Too bad there aren't any pictures on this page. 40 ft coffered ceiling covered in gold leaf, walls and floor entirely maded of marble. Even the elevator ceilings were gold leaf.

Mark Rogers - Sunday, October 7th, 2012 @ 6:51pm  

  By far one of the best skyscrapers built in Chicago in the last 60 years! Note: it's an actual gabled roof, there's a law library inside the gable, also not rose windows (not all round windows are rose windows). I don't like beige when it's vinyl siding or EIFS, but when it's actual stone, that's another story. Interior is stunning also!

Samuel Lima - Sunday, April 13th, 2008 @ 1:11am  

  For graduate school, I went to UIC and I would sometimes walk from there to the South Loop area. I have always loved this building and thought of it as one of the classiest newer structures built in the city, even if "newer" here means the 1980s.

David Shmuel - Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 @ 11:03pm