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View Poll Results: Aon Center, Chicago
10 133 13.94%
9.5 77 8.07%
9 128 13.42%
8.5 95 9.96%
8 109 11.43%
7.5 75 7.86%
7 94 9.85%
6.5 36 3.77%
6 57 5.97%
5.5 24 2.52%
5 28 2.94%
4.5 11 1.15%
4 24 2.52%
3.5 10 1.05%
3 or less 53 5.56%
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Old October 8th, 2002, 04:06 AM   #1
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#018 l Aon Center l CHICAGO l 346m l 83fl

Aon Center
Chicago, USA


HEIGHT: 346m/1,136 feet
FLOORS: 83 floors
COMPLETION: 1973
ARCHITECT: Edward Durell Stone & Associates

The Aon Center in Chicago was completed in 1972. At 1,136 feet (346.3 m) tall, it is second only to the Sears Tower in height in Chicago. When the building was originally built, it was the world's tallest marble clad building. Eventually, the harsh climate caused the building's Carrara marble sheathing to fail and detach from the building. From 1990 to 1992, the entire building was refaced with white granite at a greater expense than the original cost of the whole structure. The building employs a tubular steel-framed structural system with V-shaped perimeter columns to resist earthquakes, reduce sway, minimize column bending, and maximize column-free space.

The Standard Oil Building or "Big Stan" as the building was often called was known officially as the Amoco Building. After the building was sold, it became known officially as the Aon Center.

In the early 1980s, the lights in selective offices in the building were turned on to form a huge cross in the Christmas season. It was a unique seasonal display in the Chicago skylines. It is unknown if such tradition is still in place nowadays given the energy conservation concerns.















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Old October 8th, 2002, 04:35 AM   #2
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7.5/10. It's a box, but it's a tall box.
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Old October 9th, 2002, 09:01 PM   #3
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8/10

It is a box. But it carries off being a box very well...no nonsense..sheer verticality. Thats how I feel it should be appreciated.

I guess its the tallest box after WTC?
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Old October 9th, 2002, 10:53 PM   #4
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brilliant, so simple, elegant dignified. if you have to pic a stripped down basic box, this would be the one. wonderful porportions make the tower read as a giant fluted column.

i take a half point off because i think it would be even more beautiful if it had been clad with a black stone instead of the white granite, but oh well.

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Old October 9th, 2002, 11:00 PM   #5
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Big, tall, boxy....6/10
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Old October 9th, 2002, 11:04 PM   #6
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BOXY, but nice and tall. It fits Chi-Town perfectly. 7/10
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Old October 10th, 2002, 08:49 AM   #7
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It's an ok box. 7/10. I've seen better boxes...
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Old October 10th, 2002, 10:49 AM   #8
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Tall, huge, big...ect. What ever word you may use to describe its hight, remember its still an ugly box!


3/10!
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Old October 10th, 2002, 11:56 AM   #9
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Tall, but boring and dull due to it's completely boxy shape.

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Old October 10th, 2002, 01:49 PM   #10
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boxy but high
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Old October 10th, 2002, 03:32 PM   #11
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No tricks on height, although the same is true of design.

Though simple the results are still quite grand - IMO it's a glorious, bright monolith that is far from unsightly.

Probably the closest relative of the late WTC? Hence it's to be cherished.
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Old October 10th, 2002, 03:55 PM   #12
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simplistic, tall, not spectacular, not shithouse either, "nice" 7.5

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Old October 10th, 2002, 08:38 PM   #13
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not the best box around, but has good neighbors and is tall! .. 6.5/10
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Old October 10th, 2002, 09:30 PM   #14
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The tallest White House I know.
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Old October 10th, 2002, 09:39 PM   #15
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It's tall, but it's still a box, and an uninteresting one at that.

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Old October 11th, 2002, 05:53 PM   #16
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You people don't appreciate "form follows function."
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Old October 17th, 2002, 01:14 AM   #17
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I think its a damn good box.

At its best when reflecting blinding light into your eyes.

8.5/10
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Old October 19th, 2002, 11:45 AM   #18
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what a box!
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Old October 20th, 2002, 03:58 AM   #19
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3/10. I will agree that the proportions are nice, but other than that it is just another piece of dehumanizing 1970s crap architecture. That period had to be the low point in design history.
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You're right! I don't appreciate it! Espcecially an an excuse for boring design.
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