November 13, 2019

Landmark Status Proposed for Mies van der Rohe’s Promontory Apartments


Promontory Apartments in Hyde Park would be designated as an official City Landmark under a Commission on Chicago Landmarks recommendation submitted today to City Council.

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

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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