Today’s featured photo of the day! The feature is: Architecture – The Buildings of Chicago, Illinois

Here is today’s featured photo presentation of Marina Towers, or Marina City. To let the summer months REALLY shine, I am featuring fine photos of great architecture, so we can continue to honor the brighter side of life this year. Part 3 features the beauty of The Buildings of Chicago, Illinois, so The Marina Towers and City are an excellent set of buildings, and a great photo. The first photo is taken from Wacker Drive, and you can see the well defined lines of structure, from the pinwheel parking tower, that was a feature in the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers”. The second photo is taken from the then John Hancock’s Observatory, with the two towers obvious and visible from that point. If it were to be taken today, you would not be able to see the Marina City, as too many buildings obscure the view, these days. The twin buildings stand tall measuring 20 stories and 194½ feet high with the observation deck at 543 feet, directly above the top occupied floor. The difference between these two heights is 348½ feet. Marina City is located at 300 N. State Street between Dearborn Street crossing Kinzie Street, the set of buildings make up the city include the twin towers, a hotel and office building, a theater and a restaurant–quite a little city! Built between the years of 1960-1967, this architecture was drafted by the great architect and engineers, Bertrand Goldberg Associates. It was built by the mega-contractor James McHugh Construction Co. who subsequently built Water Tower Place in 1976 and Trump Tower in 2009. All that experience and obvious great work–these buildings are quite a work of art, and another example of the great staple to the City of Chicago, making the great city it’s very own, indelibly! Date – July 1981.


Photo 1 taken with a Nikon EM-through a Nikon 26 mm lens, filter=Polarizer, Aperture=22 f/stop, shutter-speed 1/125th second, loaded with Ilford FP-4 Black & White 135 Negative Film ISO (ASA) 125 (fine grain) processed with D-76 Processing Chemicals, and a fiber paper print using the Kodak Professional “warm-tone” enlargement paper developed with Kodak Dektol chemicals onto a 3½x5″ matte-gloss print. Date – July 1981.

Photo 2 taken with a Nikon EM-through a Nikon 26 mm lens, filter=Polarizer, Aperture=16 f/stop, shutter-speed 1/125th second, loaded with Konica Color Slide Film ISO (ASA) 100 (fine grain) processed with E-6 using Kodak Ektachrome Chemicals. Enlargement processed Type R color positive paper and R-3000 chemistry onto 3½x5″ glossy negative color image enlargement paper. Date – July 1981.

Another fine Architectural photograph to follow very soon: Feature – Part 3: The Buildings of Chicago, Illinois. It is going to be quite a summer, so join me ALL summer long! 


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4 thoughts on “Featured Photo: Architecture, Part 3 – The Buildings of Chicago, Illinois – Marina Towers & City

  1. Chicago is such an amazing city! I really enjoy seeing all of the featured photos and a little background on them!

    • This is such a beautiful photo, capturing the beauty of Chicago! I have never been myself, but would love to be able to visit someday.

  2. I have never been to Chicago, flew over many times and even had layovers at the airport but never got to the city. I love the first picture of the Suitery so different. I like looking at pictures of cities etc.

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