University Apartments - Chicago, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member libbykc
N 41° 47.698 W 087° 35.471
16T E 450882 N 4627180
Quick Description: These twin apartment buildings by Award-winning architect I.M. Pei show the influence of International Style architecture.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2019 2:07:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM11R8C
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
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Long Description:
The University Apartments were part of an urban redevelopment project and completed between 1959 and 1961. Designed by I.M. Pei in International Style, these 10-story twin apartment buildings are built on a traffic island, setting them apart from the surrounding neighborhood. Long and boxy, the buildings are covered with a regular grid of windows. They are made with a load-bearing exterior concrete wall.

The apartments were part of a larger redevelopment plan included a large number of townhouses in the surrounding neighborhood, some designed by Pei and others by Chicago architect Harry Weese. They have since been converted from a rental model to condominium units.

This summary was compiled from the NRHP nomination form: (visit link)

According to Wikipedia, Pei has won the following:

“The Arnold Brunner Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1963), the Gold Medal for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1979), the AIA Gold Medal (1979), the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture from the Japan Art Association (1989), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the 1998 Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts,[164] and the 2010 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1983 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize, sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.”

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Architect: I. M. Pei

Prize received: Pritzker Architecture Prize

In what year: 1983

Website about the Architect: [Web Link]

Website about the building: [Web Link]

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