Inland Steel Building

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Inland Steel Building
Inland Steel Building 2007 05 21.jpg
General information
Location 30 W. Monroe Street[1]
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°52′52″N 87°37′45″W / 41.8810°N 87.6291°W / 41.8810; -87.6291Coordinates: 41°52′52″N 87°37′45″W / 41.8810°N 87.6291°W / 41.8810; -87.6291
Construction started 1956
Completed 1957[1]
Roof 332 feet (101.2 m)[2]
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill[1]
Structural engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Inland Steel Building
Inland Steel Building is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Inland Steel Building
Inland Steel Building is located in Illinois
Inland Steel Building
Inland Steel Building is located in the US
Inland Steel Building
Location 30 W. Monroe St., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°52′51″N 87°37′43″W / 41.88083°N 87.62861°W / 41.88083; -87.62861
Area 0.5 acres (0.2 ha)
Built 1958
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Graham, Bruce & Walter Netsch
Architectural style International Style
NRHP reference # 09000024[3]
Added to NRHP February 18, 2009

The Inland Steel Building, located at 30 W. Monroe Street in Chicago, is one of the city's defining commercial high-rises of the post-World War II era of modern architecture.[1] It was built in the years 1956–1957 and was the first skyscraper to be built in the Chicago Loop following the Great Depression of the 1930s.[4] Its principal designers were Bruce Graham and Walter Netsch of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architecture firm.[1]


Inland Steel Building

The use of brushed stainless steel cladding reflects the corporation that commissioned the building as its headquarters, the Inland Steel Company.[1]

The placement of all structural columns on the building's perimeter—and the consolidation of elevators and other service functions in a separate tower—allowed for a highly flexible interior floor layout with no interior columns.[1] This design is a good example of the widely held principle of the era, "form follows function" (Louis Sullivan). The lobby features a sculpture of gold, stainless steel and enameled copper by Richard Lippold entitled Radiant I.[5]

The Inland Steel Building was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 7, 1998.[1]

Inland Steel building


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Inland Steel Building". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Inland Steel Building". Emporis Corporation. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Schulze, Franz & Harrington, Kevin (2003). Chicago's Famous Buildings (5th ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 75. ISBN 0-226-74066-8.
  5. ^ Marter, Joan. The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, (Google Books link), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 172-73, (ISBN 0195335791), (ISBN 9780195335798).

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