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Illinois Institute of Technology, S. R. Crown Hall

Address

3360 S. State St.
Use north entrance

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1956

Website

iit.edu

Description

Crown Hall was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1956 as the home of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, which he led. One critic called it "the Parthenon of the 20th century." The building is possibly the most essential example of the International style of Modern architecture. It truly embodies Mies's famous "less is more” philosophy. The structure is a steel-framed glass pavilion. It's supported by four plate girders spanning 26,000 square feet of uninterrupted space with 18-foot ceilings. As Mies said: "We do not let the functions dictate the plan. Instead, let us make room enough for any function."

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Explore one of the most influential Modern buildings in the world.

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