PHOTO – CHICAGO – MICHIGAN AVE AT ADAMS – LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL – RUSH HOUR SCENE – PEDESTRIANS – BUSES – NOTE STANDARD OIL BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON RIGHT – CALLED “BIG STAN” BY CHICAGOANS WHO OFTEN USED TO HAVE NICKNAMES FOR BUILDINGS – ORIGINALLY THIS WAS CLAD IN WHITE MARBLE BUT THEY LATER RAN INTO PROBLEMS WITH ITS DURABILITY AND DID A MAJOR PROJECT REPLACING THE MARBLE SLABS WITH LIGHT-COLORED GRANITE – SNAPSHOT – PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN – 1972   1 comment

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE AT ADAMS - LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL - PEDESTRIANS - BUSES - NOTE STANDARD OIL BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON RIGHT - 1972

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Posted March 14, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

One response to “PHOTO – CHICAGO – MICHIGAN AVE AT ADAMS – LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL – RUSH HOUR SCENE – PEDESTRIANS – BUSES – NOTE STANDARD OIL BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON RIGHT – CALLED “BIG STAN” BY CHICAGOANS WHO OFTEN USED TO HAVE NICKNAMES FOR BUILDINGS – ORIGINALLY THIS WAS CLAD IN WHITE MARBLE BUT THEY LATER RAN INTO PROBLEMS WITH ITS DURABILITY AND DID A MAJOR PROJECT REPLACING THE MARBLE SLABS WITH LIGHT-COLORED GRANITE – SNAPSHOT – PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN – 1972

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  1. Later, some of the white marble was recycled as the steps in the Auditorium Theatre.

    I learned this from an architect involved on the project, who said that the president of the Standard Oil Company had been warned that that type of marble was not suitable for Chicago’s winters, but his socialite wife won out over the concerns of mere experts, so he went with the marble instead. Sure enough. Not long afterwards, the huge slabs of marble started to buckle, and begin their inexorable bowing outwards, so the company decided to strip all the marble off before it started to detach itself and plummet to the ground, potentially leading to massive lawsuits. So much for letting your wife win an argument with an expert .The other slabs were crushed into white gravel, which ended up as landscaping material around suburban Amoco stations west of the city.

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