A bit of Buck Rogers in the 21st & 1/10th century

May 14, 2010


(photo by Lee Bey)  

I was on the top floor of the parking structure behind the Best Buy on Roosevelt Road a couple of weeks ago when I caught his view of‚  the 62-story One Museum Park and its little brother, the 54 story One Museum Park West.

Compressed by my western vantage point (and with the help of a monstrous 500mm camera lens I was using), the two towers don't look at all like Chicago--or even of this time, quite. Standing together they could be excerpts from a futuristic skyline imagined by designer Norman Bel Geddes back in the 1930s. Yet, it is the very recent work of Chicago architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes Ltd. The buildings stand at Roosevelt and Indiana om the northern edge of the Central Station development.