Welcome to Archigames, wherein nominated local buildings of a particular style are matched up in sudden death pairings to decide the most suitable representative of said style. This week it's Art Deco, and the second of four first round pairings is below. Brush up on the nominees, but always defer to your tastes when casting your vote. Polls close tomorrow at noon. Thanks for playing!
The opening round of our latest installment of Archigames continues with two art deco standouts in an epic showdown. First up, the LaSalle-Wacker Building in the Loop. Clad in limestone and granite, the 41-story office tower soars some 512 feet above the Chicago River. Holabird & Roche teamed up with Andrew Rebori to craft its muscular, throne-shaped design. At night, the building thunders thanks to a cobalt blue lighting scheme. Completed in 1930, it's also topped with a powerful beacon that's visible some 200 miles away!
Up next, one of Chicago's most famous art deco specimens: the 31-story, 503-foot tall Carbide & Carbon Building on Michigan Ave. Designed by Daniel and Hubert Burnham, sons of famed architect Daniel Burnham, the green terra cotta structure is topped with an opulent, 50-foot spire sheathed in 24 karat gold leaf. (You didn't think they'd cheap out, did you?) Legend has it the design was inspired by a champagne bottle. Built in 1930, it served as an office building until 2004, when it underwent a $100M renovation as part of a conversion to a Hard Rock Hotel. Time to cast that vote!
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