Day 155: Lake Point Tower

Lake Point Tower the only major private structure on the lakefront side of Lake Shore Drive and likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future, given the city’s prohibition on building on the lakefront.  Developed by John Heinrich and George Schipporeit,
it was completed in 1968, is approximately 645 feet (197 m) tall, and was the tallest apartment building in the world at that time.

Because of its height and the fact that Lake Point Tower sits on the shore of Lake Michigan, the residential skyscraper had to be designed to withstand the high winds. At the center of the building is a triangular core that is 59 feet across in length, which contains nine elevators and three stairwells. This core also holds all of the vertical weight of the building. Because of this, the perimeter pillars on the facade do not need to be large as they only have to bear the vertical loads.

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