181 West Madison Street

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181 West Madison Street
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Alternative names Paine Webber Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location Chicago, United States
Address 181 West Madison Street
Construction started 1988
Opened 1990
Architectural 680 ft (210 m)
Tip 680 ft (210 m)
Technical details
Material Composite
Floor count 50
Floor area 1,122,439 sq ft (104,278.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Cesar Pelli & Associates
Developer The Beitler Company

181 West Madison Street is a skyscraper located in Chicago. Built in 1990, the building is 680 feet (207 m) tall and contains 50 floors. It is architect Cesar Pelli's first and only completed tower in the city.

The glassy office tower's most distinctive feature is its recessed crown. The top of the building is illuminated white at the corners, as well as other various colors depending on the holiday.

In 1989, the same combination of developer (The Beitler Company) and architect envisioned the Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle nearby. The 2,000 foot (610 m) and 125-story building would have been the tallest skyscraper in the world if completed, but plans were scrapped because of a sluggish real estate market.


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  1. ^ "181 West Madison". Skyscraper Center. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 

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Coordinates: 41°52′54″N 87°38′00″W / 41.8816°N 87.6334°W / 41.8816; -87.6334