Chicago's Marina City Gets Preliminary Landmark Status

Marina City (project 1959 to 1967) by Chicago Architect Bertrand Goldberg

Marina City (project 1959 to 1967) by Chicago Architect Bertrand Goldberg

Last week, Chicago's famous corn-cobb shaped buildings, Marina Towers, were granted preliminary landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. But hurdles still remain for the well known buildings to receive permanent protection. According to a recent article, it isn't clear whether LaSalle Hotel Properties, which purchased hotel and commercial portions of the complex in 2006, will consent to landmark designation.

Blair Kamin at the Chicago Tribune reported that the Hancock Tower is also being proposed for landmark designation, despite opposition. If granted landmark status, the Hancock would be Chicago's tallest protected structure.