Chicago Architecture Info

Water Tower Place

Official name: Watertower Place
845 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Basic Information
Designed by Loebl, Schlossman & Hackl
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 74
Maximum height 859 feet/258 meters
Maximum length 1,059 feet/318 meters
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
More Information
  • Official stories: 74
  • Additional levels: Mezzanine between 1 and 2, plus a mechanical penthouse
  • Parking spaces: 699
  • Hotel rooms at opening: 426
  • Hotel apartments at opening: 10
  • Retail floor space: 935,659 square feet
  • Hotel address: 160 East Pearson Street
  • Residential address: 180 East Pearson Street
  • Retail and commercial address: 845 North Michigan Avenue
  • This used to be the location of the Pearson Hotel.
  • Developer: Philip Klutznik
  • This building was once home to talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
  • The land that this building was erected on was purchased from the Seagram beverage company for $10,000,000.
  • At the time of its completion, this was the world's tallest reinforced concrete building.
  • 1973: Marshall Field approached real estate developer Philip Klutznick about opening a second Marshall Field's department store in Chicago. The project would eventually develop into Water Tower Place.
  • 1974: Construction began.
  • 1975: Marshall Field's opened Water Tower Place.
  • 1976: Construction finished.