Chicago Architecture Info

The Metropolitan Tower

Formerly known as Britannica Center
Continental National Insurance Company Building
The Straus Building
310 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Basic Information
Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 30
Maximum height 475 feet/143 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • It is thought that the beacon at the top of this building was designed to look like a beehive, symbolizing industriousness (busy as a bee).
  • 1954: The blue beacon was added to the top of this building, replacing four white aviation beacons that were arranged in a compass rose.