55 West Wacker in Chicago

Photo of 55 West Wacker in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of 55 West Wacker in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of 55 West Wacker in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of 55 West Wacker in Chicago, Illinois
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55 West Wacker
Formerly:Ryan Insurance Building

55 West Wacker, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60601
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A quirky little building with an unusually prominent position on the Chicago River. It is sometimes called the "Pound Building" because its form in some ways resembles the tic-tac-toe shape of a pound (#) or octothorp symbol. The construction rises on two central columns from which hang each floor of the building, giving corners without columns and an bristly appearance.

Quick Facts
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  • Floor space: 202,000 square feet
Timeline
  • 1987: The building was renovated at a cost of $10,000,000 by The Austin Company and Pyramid III.
  • 2004: The Chicago bureau of Fox News Channel moved into this building.
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There are three comments.

  I can confirm that in 1968 it was a new development and was first occupied by Blue Cross- Blue Shield.I worked on one of the high floors , possibly 12 -13 th as a Systems Analyst. I think we were all proud of such an attractive building , which at the time was one of the tallest just south of the river.The design seems to be unique and should be protected by a preservation order.( like the Water Tower)

Harold W - Thursday, November 6th, 2014 @ 12:16pm  

  A handsome, medium-sized concrete office building, which I remember best in its original incarnation as the Blue Cross-Blue Shield headquarters. It's now dwarfed by its two larger neighbors, but its distinctive design ensures that it still stands out. "Brutalist" (see the previous comment) probably conveys too harsh an impression. Though the concrete construction and uncompromising linearity might meet some technical definitions of the brutalist style, there was also a clear, and in my opinion successful, effort to achieve a degree of elegance going beyond the stark expression of function..

Alan Follett - Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 @ 5:54pm  

  I like this building. It's one an example of brutalism in a Chicago style. Like some iconic buildings in the brutalist style, it's entry is obscured.

Rick Lightburn - Saturday, May 14th, 2011 @ 12:56pm  

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