Carbide and Carbon Building, Chicago

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The Carbide & Carbon Building is a Chicago landmark located at 230 North Michigan Avenue. The building, which was built in 1929, is an example of Art Deco architecture. It was designed by Burnham Brothers. The Carbide and Carbon Building was originally home to the regional office of Union Carbide and Carbon Co., which later became Union Carbide Corp. The skyscraper was designated a Chicago Landmark on May 9, 1996. Built as a high-rise office tower, the Carbide & Carbon Building was transformed more recently into the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago; work on the renovation began in 1998 and was completed in 2004. The conversion was directed by Lucien Lagrange & Associates. The building has 37 floors and is 503ft tall. The current hotel capacity is 383 guest rooms and 13 suites.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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