Fall light falls on Mies in Chicago

    On this fine fall day I have an afternoon meeting near downtown Chicago.

    Chicago skyline IIT Mies aerial birds eye
    17th floor. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Yes, that's Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall you see in the center.

    Mies Crown Hall aerial view bird's eye Chicago seen from above
    And Helmut Jahn's IIT dorm on the right, "kissing" Rem Koolhaas / OMA's student center just behind it - the one with the "groove tube" to dampen the sound of the elevated train as it roars through the campus.

    IIT aerial view Rem Koolhaas Office of Metropolitan Architecture OMA McCormick Student Center and Helmut Jahn dorm
    Meeting over, I come down to approach Crown Hall as autumn sun set.

    Crown Hall Chicago Mies IIT west facade at sunset with shadows
    Thirsty, I visit Mies van der Rohe's Commons building, in which they advertise diet soda.

    Mies van der Rohe Less is More IIT Chicago
    Koolhaas stacked his student center right next to Mies's Commons; you get intriguing reflections. Mies made contempo.

    Mies Commons Rem Koolhaas student center reflections
    Dusk. Time to go. In the car I pass Crown Hall having windows washed.

    Crown Hall at night Mies van der Rohe Chicago IIT
    Wait! I need to see Mies's little "Test Cell" before I leave IIT-- they're going to tear it down soon. It caps the end of one of the greatest modernist streets in the world, just past the power plant on the right.

    There it is. Where the campus ends and the city begins,

    Test Cell or Gunnery by Mies to be demolished at IIT in Chicago
    I bid the "Test Cell" adieu. I may never see it again.

    Better swing past Crown Hall one more time, to not leave with sadness.

    Crown Hall at night east facade lights lit IIT Chicago Mies

    Crown Hall is eternal. I head home. I promise you tomorrow a timeless photograph of Mies's Lake Shore Drive Apartments restored.
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