Lake Point Tower, 505 N Lake Shore
The 70-story Lake Point Tower soars in splendid, undulating isolation as the only high-rise east of Lake Shore Drive. It’s likely to retain that distinction if Chicago honors the Canal Commission’s 1836 decree that the lakefront remain forever open, clear and free of any buildings or other obstruction whatever.”
Architects John Heinrich and George Schipporeit, students of Mies van der Rohe, patterned the design after a 1922 unbuilt Mies-designed office tower, extending its height and tinting the glass curtain wall. Because of its origins, many Chicagoans consider it a Mies van der Rohe design. When it was completed in 1968 Lake Point Tower, at 645 feet, was the tallest residential building in the world. Its height, design and location just north of the Chicago River on a point jutting out into Lake Michigan have made it a Chicago icon.