Throwback Thursday
All About the Daley Center

Daley Center - Chicago, Illinois - March, 2006 - 001a

We publish a lot of statistics about Chicago’s newest up-and-coming skyscrapers.  But today, we take a look back half a century at the building once known as Chicago Civic Center, now called the Richard J. Daley Center.

With that in mind, here is an early 1960s firehose after the photo gallery:

  • Daley Center - Chicago, Illinois - March, 2010 - 002aArchitect: Jacques Brownson
  • Architecture firm: C.F. Murphy Associates
  • Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
  • Architecture firm: Loebl Schlossman, and Bennett
  • Land cost: $10.9 million
  • Demolition of existing buildings: $437,000
  • Foundation work: $994,000
  • Superstructure: $13.3 million
  • General construction: $52.5 million
  • Furnishings: $3.6 million
  • Construction start: February 28, 1963
  • Construction finish: February 8, 1966
  • Site area: 123,110 square feet
  • Floors above ground: 31
  • Floors below ground: 3
  • Maximum height: 647 feet, 11 inches
  • Floor space: 1,465,723 square feet
  • Building support caissons: 50
  • Building support caisson depth: 120 feet
  • Plaza support caissons: 108
  • Plaza support caisson depth: 86 feet
  • Steel beams: 27,000 tons
  • Steel plates: 4,500 tons
  • Column spacing: 48 feet x 87 feet
  • Floor-to-floor height: 18 feet
  • Passenger elevators: 40
  • Freight elevators: 3
Location: 55 West Randolph Street, The Loop

 

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