St. Patrick’s Cathedral (James Renwick, Jr. 1879) and its changing neighborhood fulled with new International Style skyscrapers. View looking east from the top of Rockefeller Center’s International Building in Early, 1964.

Building at left: Foreground: Best & Co. Store (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1947) and Look Magazine (Emery Roth & Sons, 1950). Background: 477 Madison Avenue (Kahn & Jacobs, 1963), Manufacturers Hanover Trust (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961), Seagram (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-Phillip Johnson-Kahn & Jacobs, 1958) and Grolier (Sylvan & Robert Bien, 1959).

Buildings at center, backgroung: ITT (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) and General Electric (Cross & Cross, 1931).

Buildings at right: Foreground: Newsweek Building (Kohn, Vitolo & Knight, 1931).  Background: Colgate-Palmolive (Emery Roth & Sons, 1955), Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (Schultze & Weaver, 1931) and behind it, in the distance, the new U.S. Plywood Building (William Lescaze, 1964) recently completed.

Photo: Dean Conger.

Source: National Geographic Magazine. July 1964


Michigan Avenue Looking North - Chicago, Illinois by Jordan Smith
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The main part of the Wrigley Building is 210 feet high on top of the 16 stories rises a 188 foot tower, making the height of the entire structure 398 feet. Atop the Palmolive Building is the spectacular Palmolive Beacon, with a two billion candlepower beam. It is visible to aviators as far east as Cleveland, Ohio and as far south as St. Louis, Missouri.

The Palmolive Building, Chicago.

Circa 1933.

“For many miles distant the ever-circling powerful light beam from the Lindbergh light can be seen, ’ Lighting, lighting the airway mail’ - the most powerful searchlight imaginable. It is mounted on a tower which extends high above the top of the tall Palmolive building, which in itself is a modern skyscraper landmark which overlooks miles and miles of Chicago’s never-ending shoreline. It is on Michigan Avenue, near north side.”