Chicago Architecture Info

330 North Wabash

Formerly known as 330 North Wabash
One IBM Plaza
The IBM Building
330 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Basic Information
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 52
Maximum height 695 feet/209 meters
Neighborhood: Near North
More Information
  • *Windows: 7,200
  • This building has an unusually robust electrical system to handle the types of computers that IBM would have been using in the 1960's and 1970's when it commissioned the building.
  • The planned hotel would have 335 rooms.
  • 1969: Construction began.
  • 1971: Construction ended.
  • 1989: Artist David Mooney backlit every one of the building's windows in red, white, or blue for a few days in the summer.
  • 1996: IBM sold this building to the Blackstone Group.
  • 2005: IBM moved out of its namesake building
  • January 4, 2005: Crain's Chicago Business reported that the owners of this building were considering converting it to condominiums.
  • 2006: IBM moved to the Hyatt Center.
  • 2007: An idea was floated to convert the top 38 stories of this building into a hotel.
  • 2007: This building was named a Chicago landmark
  • February 6, 2008: This building was named a Chicago landmark.
  • March, 2008: 12 floors of this building were sold to a hotel company for $46 million.
  • 2010: This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places
  • December, 2010: Floors two through 13 were sold to Langham Hotels International
  • September, 2013: This building was renamed AMA Plaza, after the American Medical Association moved its headquarters here