The Esplanade Apartments are two of the four buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe and built by Herbert Greenwald on Lake Shore Drive between Chestnut and Walton Streets.

The Esplanade Apartments were the first high-rise buildings designed by Mies to fully implement a continuous exterior curtain wall that was articulated separate from the building’s structural frame. This technology was used by Mies in all his future high-rise projects, including the celebrated Seagram Building completed in 1958, and has become the standard in modern high quality high-rise construction.

The fact that the buildings still require relatively low maintenance expenditures, is a testament to the brilliant, simple Mies design.

Photo: Chicago History Museum: HB-13809-I6, Hedrich Blessing (detail)


The Esplanade Apartments

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