Carbide and Carbon Building, Chicago

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The Carbide & Carbon Building is a 37-story, 503ft landmark Art Deco skyscraper built in 1929, located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. It was converted to a hotel in 2004.HistoryThe building was designed by the Burnham Brothers as the regional office of Union Carbide and Carbon Co.. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on May 9, 1996. It was transformed into the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago from 2001-2004. The $106 million conversion was directed by Lucien Lagrange & Associates. The hotel began hosting guests on January 1, 2004 and after its bar and restaurant were completed, it celebrated its grand opening on April 21, 2004, The current hotel capacity is 383 guest rooms and 13 suites. The Hard Rock Hotel is set to close on December 1, 2017, and will reopen in 2018 as the St. Jane Chicago Hotel, named for Nobel Peace Prize-winner and noted Chicagoan, social activist Jane Addams.DescriptionThe exterior of the building is covered in polished black granite, and the tower is dark green terra cotta with gold leaf accents. The use of stylized representations of leaves on the building's exterior was an intentional reference by the architects to the prehistoric origins of subterranean carbon deposits in the decay of ancient plants. The ground floor was specifically designed to display the products of Union Carbide and Carbon's subsidiaries. The lobby features black Belgian Marble and Art Deco bronzework trim. The exterior base is black granite with black marble and bronze trim, whereas the central shaft is clad in dark green and gold terra cotta and the greenish cap (which looks from a distance like malachite but is not) is trimmed in gold leaf.
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  • The Carbide and Carbon Building in Chicago is now home to the Hard Rock Hotel. It is a beautiful old building. Definitely worth a quick stop.  more »
  • Fantastique Carbon black color building in the loop, with golden top, welcoming wonderful Hard rock Hôtel. Magnificent !!!!  more »
  • This building stands out amid the surrounding skyscrapers. From a distance it is easy zaprimetit on a golden top. And near it no less attractive due to the bas-reliefs and inscriptions. Looks very monumental and impressive. Located inside the hard rock hotel.
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