Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, the Metropolitan Tower was originally named the Straus Building when completed in 1924. Though it was the first building in Chicago with 30 or more floors, it was never officially designated Chicago's tallest building since the Chicago Temple Building, also completed in 1924, is taller by 92 feet but has seven fewer floors. The Straus Building and the Chicago Temple Building were the first to take advantage of the 1923 zoning ordinance; before then, no building in Chicago could be taller than 260 feet.
This U-shaped building, standing at 475 feet in height, fronts Chicago's Michigan Avenue and Grant Park. The 40-foot pyramid at the top of the building, with its new zinc-coated stainless steel sheathing, is peaked by a 20-foot glass "beehive" ornament containing a blue glass box filled with six 1000-watt lightbulbs which emits a deep blue light, a prominent feature of Chicago's nighttime skyline. The beehive is supported by four limestone bisons. Because of this ornament, the building is sometimes referred to as the "Beehive Building."
Photo captured from the Adler Planetarium on February 14, 2010.
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