Sunday, January 16, 2011

A smurf building

Not really. It has forty-one floors and tops out at one hundred seventy-seven meters, so it's not one of the taller buildings in Chicago (although it's almost as tall as the tallest building in my home town). It is, however, one of the more distinctive bits of architecture in the city because of its slanted diamond-shaped roof.

Smurfit-Stone's distinctive slanted roof looks like it's been slashed through the middle.

It's called the Smurfit-Stone building (completed in 1983), home to a large container and packaging corporation. The building's prominent location on Michigan Avenue makes it easy to identify from Grant Park which, if my memory serves, is where I was when I took this picture.

This is the eighth in a brief series of photos that I took while visiting Chicago in June 1996. They're 35mm color slides that I've scanned and digitized.


  1. It does look like it's sliced in the middle.

  2. Love this building. Something different than the ordinary box that adds to the skyline.

  3. I've always been a fan of cool architecture.

  4. Nice pic. I love Chicago and its architecture.

  5. rick, yup!

    diogenes, I agree.

    starman, me too.

    bosguy, :)

  6. At this time of year, its prudent for pedestrians to use the sidewalk across the street from this building... Once the sun comes up and warms the building, sheets of ice slide right off! (There are "Watch for falling Ice" signs all over the Loop.)

  7. ann, I wondered about that! Thanks for stopping by! I hope I'm doing your home town justice.


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