Ludwig Mies van der Rohe heavily influenced Chicago’s architecture—we have more Mies building than any other city. In 1938, he arrived in Chicago after leaving the Bauhaus School in Germany. The architect took a position at the Armour Institute of Technology (which became the Illinois Institute of Technology) and preached his “less is more” philosophy.
By the 1960s, Mies had clearly broken from the traditional Chicago aesthetic and developed a modern style using glass and steel. His designs range from the low-slung IIT campus to a pair of residential towers on Lake Shore Drive and an the bold Federal Center complex.
If you’re just getting familiar with the architect, here’s a chronological primer on the most significant Mies structures in the Chicago area.Read More