One Museum Park East in Chicago

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Photo of One Museum Park East in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of One Museum Park East in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Construction progress as of October, 2007
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of One Museum Park East in Chicago, Illinois
Construction progress as of October, 2007
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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One Museum Park East
Also known as:One Museum Park I
Formerly:One Museum Park

1215 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, South Loop 60605
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Notable for both its design and its stature One Museum Park East became an instant landmark in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood when it was built. The fact that there were no buildings of similar hight nearby when it was built and its location near the lake front proved challenging during construction with winds blowing through the unfinished tower clocked at up to 99 miles an hour, according to Midwest Construction magazine.

Now that it is completed, the blue glass skyscraper does an excellent job of complementing the two biggest elements of Chicago's environment -- the lake and the sky. Its shape, similar to the bow of a ship pushing up the lake shore is a nod to the importance of the body of water just a few hundred yards away. That bow is trailed by five setbacks which ripple like a wake behind the building's main facade.

The summit of the building is topped with an architectural crown and a curving screen which hides mechanical elements.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Floor space: 980,000 square feet
  • Residences: 277
Timeline
  • 2008: This building was completed three weeks ahead of schedule.
Notes
  • Developer: The Enterprise Companies
  • Architecture firm: Pappageorge/Haymes
  • Construction of this building was complicated by the fact that the water table is just five feet below ground at this location.
Did You Know?
  • This building's facade has no 90-degree angles.
Green Things
  • Construction of this building was accomplished using "green" power sources through a partnership that included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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One Museum Park East in Chicago.  Photo by Ulrich Neitzel
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There are six comments.

  I love all skyscrapers with no apologies. Even the plain box ones like Chase Tower in Houston. OMPE is quite stunning, I feel. We need the Spire to be built to answer Burj Dubai.

Brad Thompson - Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:07pm  

  I think this building is terrible. A hodge podge of forms slammed together creating an overbearing mass. A sun blocking clump of blue glass. Scale is bad. Style is non existent. "A city in itself" ?? Is that necessary for a building already in a large city? One of the worst buildings on the skyline.

Mark - Friday, October 31st, 2008 @ 8:52am  

  I like how this building makes a great extention and addition to Chicago's Skyline. I also like the design.

Brent Kampert - Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 @ 2:03pm  

  This building is beautiful. It reminds me of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz.

urbaneddie - Sunday, December 9th, 2007 @ 4:22pm  

  All I can say when looking at this structure is simply amazing. I was just downtown over the weekend and have had the pleasure of seeing this building as well as many other buildings discussed on this website being built. If you have not had the chance to visit Chicago recently, then you are in for a real treat. You won't believe all the new development in the entire downtown Chicago area, especially in the south loop area which should have been nicknamed "Slum City" years ago. I think that this building (1 Museam Park) will fit in nicely with the area and begin to bring in more residents to the seemingly vacant south loop area. It is begining to seem as if the south loop will turn into an area looking much like NYC's Manhattan's Upper east side by this area being taken over by mostly towering residential buildings. I just hope that the city doesn't forget that more people coming into the area that has sat vacant for about 50 years means more cars needing better WIDER roads, students meaning more schools, shoppers meaning more stores will be needed, and the city BETTER wake up and allow more Taxi medalians to be sold as there already are not enough cabs for everyone and bringing in more people will only make the situation worse, but to developers and the City of Chicago's administration I say, "good job". With the proper planning, this building as well as all the others going up around it will make the south loop area a nice place to visit and live. Nicely done!

Jim - Monday, April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:05am  

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