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Chicago’s Very Own: Smurfit-Stone Building

The Smurfit-Stone Buidling in Chicago, Illinois is one of a kind. Some may argue it is the most unique building to distinguish the Chicago skyline from others. Construction for this building started in 1982, to me it looks like it could easy be from that era. At a closer look you can see that the architects didn’t simply take a square building and make a slant, but they positioned the slant  from one corner to the other. On a nice day one can see the clouds reflecting from the side windows. Located at 150 N Michigan Avenue, its prominent location gives it a great spot in Chicago’s skyline and many people coming such as visitors. The building has been coined by some people as the “Diamond Building”. A lot of people say that it looks like a certain female body part. Check out the pictures of the building and it unique architecture. NOTE: The building’s name was recently changed to Crain Communications Building in March 2012 due to the moving in of Crain Communication’s Headquarters.

Quick Fun Facts:

  • There is a rumor that the building was built with a slope to keep the building’s shadow from going onto the beach, this is false because the building is not located near any beaches.
  • The land that the building was previously John Crerar Library built in 1920.
  • The top five floors are actually empty and not used in the floor count, what a waste of space!
  • The building was originally planned to be 5 stories taller.
  • The diamond roof has white colored lights bordering it, and on holidays they used to change the colors of the bulbs making it more festive. It is to bad they don’t do that anymore.

Please leave your comments below on this building or questions you may have about it!


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  1. whats the width of the smurfit-stone building i need it for an important project i college please let me know!

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