Explore the first and second floor lobby to see restored Art Deco detail work and tastefully renovated spaces. The former home of the Union Carbide and Carbon Co. stands out among Chicago's many Art Deco treasures. The narrow tower of polished black granite and dark green terra cotta tapers to a gold spire, giving the building the appearance of a Champagne bottle capped with foil—a departure from the typical gray limestone high-rises of the era. It is the most notable work by Daniel Burnham's sons, Daniel Jr. and Hubert. A renovation and restoration from 1998 through 2004 transformed the Carbide and Carbon Building into the Hard Rock Hotel. It's among the earliest examples of the current trend of converting architecturally significant historic buildings into hotels.
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Explore the first and second floor lobby to see restored Art Deco detail work and tastefully renovated spaces.