Three Chicago Postmodern Architectural Icons

July 24, 2014

James R. Thompson Center

Postmodern architecture is all over downtown Chicago, and in particular three iconic skyscrapers in this style pop into my mind when I think “postmodern.” To start out, there’s some confusion over what the style is, and that’s because it is somewhat eclectic. Generally we are talking after modernism, primarily with
dark steel boxes of Mies van der Rohe and all his emulators.

Most postmodern buildings were built from the 1970s into the present day, and are characterized by a motive to reconcile the total break with history that van der Rohe proposed. While modernism was all about the future, postmodernism in many ways wanted to be the future with an integration of elements from past architectural styles and materials.

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