Dearborn Tower

DEARBORN TOWER

CLIENT
State Street Development Corporation

LOCATION
Chicago, Illinois

STATISTICS
316 Units
18 Stories
389 Parking Spaces
196,000 SF Retail/Commercial
717,000 GSF

ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION DATE
1906

Formerly a giant industrial freezer for Beatrice Foods, the re-purposed building features 30 units per floor on eight of the original floors, two floors of commercial offices and restaurants, and additional residences added to the top of the tower to increase the density to 316 units. The massive base remaining from the original Beatrice cold storage warehouse has been stripped of its cladding, exposing the concrete frame with a recessed terrace window wall. The seven-story addition sets back and articulates the fa├žade with a smaller, lighter grid. The south side of the building provides long linear balconies that double as sun shading devices in the summer. The north fa├žade is articulated with a masonry tower incorporating a clock and mast thereby marking the building entry and tying together the new and old masses.

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