Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

Crown Hall


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


3360 S. State St.




International Style 


Steel and glass


  Crown Hall, oblique view, photo 1988, M. Brack.
  Crown Hall, close view, photo 1988, M. Brack.
  Crown Hall, interior, photo 1988, M. Brack.
  general view, photo 1988, M. Brack.
  chapel, photo 1988, M. Brack.
  postage stamp, U.S. postage stamp (U. Penn. slide coll.).
  chapel, front, 1952, photo D. Stillman.
A defining structure of 20th-century modern architecture, this is one of the masterpieces of the world-reknowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe . Designed to house Illinois Institute of Technology's departments of architecture, planning, and design, the building's dramatic, structurally-expressive form resulted from the need to create an open interior space that could be flexibly adapted for changing needs and uses. Instead of interior columns, the roof is hung from exposed steel trusses bridging the depth of the building. It was named for S. R. Crown, a co-founder of the Material Service Corporation.


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