Parallel Roads

Parallel Roads

The Old First National Bank of Chicago (Now known as the Chase Tower).

For those of you unfamiliar with the building, the profile of the facade is a parabola that slopes up to vertical. I didn’t use a special lens to take this shot. Also my wife once relayed to me a story about this building.

Apparently the architects had chosen this color granite to clad the exterior of the building. They showed it to the bank’s board of directors and they approved it. But the bankers then asked what was the name of this type of stone. The architects told them it is "Texas Pink" granite. The bankers were not entirely comfortable with their prominent downtown headquarters to be clad in "Texas Pink" granite so they went to the quarry. After the visit, the quarry revised the name to "Bankers Grey" granite and that is now the exterior skin of this building.


~ by Frank on January 23, 2008.

2 Responses to “Parallel Roads”

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