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Designed by Burnham Brothers, the Carbide and Carbon building is 40 stories high and was completed in 1929. The style is Art Deco, but it is a more typically New York Art Deco than Chicago Art Deco because it is polychromatic, having a multi-colored facade.
The building’s cap is ornamented with genuine 24 karat gold, though it is only one five-thousandths of an inch thick. There were plans to build a twin one block away, called the Cuneo Building, but those plans fell through during the Great Depression. The Carbide and Carbon Building was originally used as an office space, but it has housed the Hard Rock Hotel since 2004.
Plans call for The Hard Rock to close in December 2017 and for another hotel, The St. Jane, to open in 2018 in the space. The new hotel will be named after Chicago activist and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Jane Addams.
(Cover Photo from BB and HH via Flickr)