The most famous residential structures of postwar Chicago are still Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive with the modernist expression of their steel skeleton. But Mies also designed in concrete, as did many Chicago architects and builders throughout the 20th century. Chicago developed home-grown expertise in flat slab, “rib-cage,” and tube construction that produced remarkably innovative residential towers across the city. While a few of the postwar icons—Marina City and Lake Point Tower, for instance—are well studied, others such as Lawless Gardens, 320 Oakdale, and Quadrangle House deserve greater attention for the impact they had on the city’s building culture. In this webinar, Thomas Leslie will discuss his new book, Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934-1986: How Technology, Politics, Finance, and Race Reshaped the City, an expansive architectural history that tackles the history of a half century of Chicago’s built environment.

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Date: November 21

Time: 6:00 pm

Cost: Free

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