Led by pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, modernist architecture flourished in post World War II Chicago. Mies and his midcentury contemporaries rejected the ornamentation of the previous generation of structures in favor of clean lines and functional, yet elegant minimalism.
Modern buildings typically used steel for exterior support, glass for the facade, and concrete for interior floors and support. These skyscrapers, residential towers, and corporate headquarters from about 1940 to 1975 reflect what’s commonly known as the International Style or “Second Chicago School” of architecture (the original lasted from 1880 to 1910).
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