The Info List - 330 North Wabash

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330 NORTH WABASH (formerly IBM
PLAZA also known as IBM
BUILDING and now renamed AMA PLAZA) is a skyscraper in downtown Chicago
, Illinois, United States, at 330 N. Wabash Avenue, designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(who died in 1969 before construction began). A small bust of the architect by sculptor Marino Marini is displayed in the lobby. The 52-story building is situated on a plaza overlooking the Chicago
River . At 695 feet (211.8 meters), 330 North Wabash
330 North Wabash
is the second-tallest building by Mies van der Rohe, the tallest being the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower at Toronto-Dominion Centre
Toronto-Dominion Centre
. It was his last American building.

The building's original corporate namesake no longer owns nor has offices in the building. IBM
sold IBM
Plaza to the Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group
in 1996. IBM
all but completed its move out of IBM
Plaza as of early 2006, taking up space in the new Hyatt Center
Hyatt Center
building closer to Union Station . Current major tenants are the American Medical Association , Langham Chicago
managed by Langham Hotels International , and law firm Latham & Watkins .

The former IBM
Plaza has several design features that are rare in an office building but understandable given its original owner. The building's electrical system, environmental system, floor strength, and ceiling height (on certain floors) can support large raised floor computing centers. Also, the "banked" intelligent elevator system is a model of efficiency and rarely keeps anyone waiting for service. IBM Plaza stayed dry during the 1992 Chicago
Flood .

In 2007, plans were announced to convert floors two through thirteen of the 52-story building into a high-end hotel. The Langham , Chicago which opened in 2013, occupying floors two through thirteen. The Langham Hotel in the building was named the best hotel in the United States by US News in 2017. The building was declared a Chicago Landmark on February 6, 2008 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 2010. It is also the newest building in Chicago
in terms of age on both lists.

On December 9, 2011, the American Medical Association announced it would move its headquarters and entire workforce to 330 N. Wabash from its previous headquarters on State Street . The move occurred in September 2013 and the building was renamed AMA Plaza.


* 1 Position in Chicago\'s skyline * 2 Gallery * 3 In film * 4 Former Tenants * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links




The sign of the plaza in 2006


* The building is seen briefly in the film The Corporation * This building is used in The Dark Knight , where it is the location of Harvey Dent's and Mayor Anthony Garcia's offices.


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