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George Schipporeit, co-architect of Chicago's suavely-curving Lake Point Tower, once the world's tallest all-residential building, has died.
— Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune architecture critic
I spent a summer living in that building. It's very lovely and graceful, though I like "suavely-curved" much better as a descriptor! The views are unmatched, IMO, still. Breathtaking.
Back then its only drawback was that it was very removed from the activity of the city. It was a bleak walk for several blocks to get back into the hustle of daily life in a city. These days it's surrounded by smaller scale housing, retail, and the much-improved Navy Pier, yes?
Somewhat. A few more adjacent sites need to fill in. Lake Point Tower is still one of the finest examples of residential high rise design in Chicago.
RIP, sir. Among buildings that would be considered timeless, this one readily comes to mind. Its sitting on its own, pushed out toward the lake, give it a very stately appeal, not to mention this "me vs. this menacing, windy lake" tug-of war effect.
He had an open door policy and made everyone feel like an equal in this quest to learn the craft of architecture. Every conversation with him would impart some wisdom.
Rest in piece Professor Schipporeit
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