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