Harold Washington Social Security Center in Chicago

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Photo of Harold Washington Social Security Center in Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Building Facade with Reflections

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Harold Washington Social Security Center

600 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois, West Loop 60661
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  Another wasteful government building that lends nothing to the neighborhood. Cold, anonymous structure. The ground level could have nice side walk and street space but is designed to be useless decoration. No seats god forbid - homeless people! So, big expensive waste of space and money that kills the street space for an entire block. No shops, no seats, nothing an urban space needs. This belongs out in the suburbs, not in a city. And if they had office space, why spend the money build this? Oh - I get it - so their friends could make money. OK, never mind.

Joe Dokes - Monday, May 16th, 2016 @ 3:02pm  

  This building opened in 1976 to replace space rented by the Social Security Administration's Chicago Payment Center (as it was then called) in two older downtown buildings. The location was still a bit dicey at the time, with several Skid Row flophouses in the immediate vicinity (including the Star Hotel, notorious as the place where Richard Speck had been captured a decade earlier). Redevelopment in the last 35 years has transformed the area completely.The interior layout of the ground floor is unusual, with a long diagonal corridor (southeast to northwest) connecting the elevator cores at the east and west ends. The building's structure was designed to accommodate up to three additional stories, which were never added.

Alan Follett - Friday, September 14th, 2012 @ 9:35am  

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