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Chicago & Midwest   /   November 19, 2019

Paul Bubny
By: Paul Bubny

Mies van der Rohe-Designed Apartments Touted for Landmark Status

Promontory Apartments in the South Side’s Hyde Park neighborhood would be designated as an official City Landmark under a Commission on Chicago Landmarks recommendation submitted recently to City Council.

Built in 1949 at 5530-32 South Shore Dr., the 22-story high-rise designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is among the country’s first examples of the International Style of architecture. Developed by Herb Greenwald, the building was the first residential high-rise to be constructed in Chicago since the start of the Great Depression.

According to the Landmarks Commission, Promontory Apartments’ simple, “less is more” design and materials forgo traditional stylistic forms and ornamentation, in favor of exposed concrete columns and beams, brick and glass walls, and a glass-walled lobby. The landmark designation, which was recommended by the Landmarks Commission in October, would protect the building’s exteriors and lobby from significant alteration or demolition.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism.
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