The Promontory Apartments

 1947 - 1949

The Story

The Promontory Apartments mark Mies' foray into high-rise buildings. Notably, it was the first tall building to exhibit its construction materials. Concrete, beams, and columns were left in plain sight, winning the praise of critics. The design of the building gave the most units possible a view of Lake Michigan, and the aesthetic was just as thoughtful. This project resulted from the relationship Mies struck up with Chicago developer Herbert Greenwald, a collaboration that yielded over a dozen major buildings and complexes, including the Commonwealth Promenade Apartments and 1300 Lake Shore Drive Apartments.