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Harold Washington Library

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Hammond, Beeby and Babka
location Illinois, Chicago
function library
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The Harold Washington Library Center is the central library for the Chicago Public Library System. In 1987, a design competition was held by the city to decide on the architecture of the library. Five prominent entries were chosen from design-build coalitions of architects and contractors, representing designs by VOA Associates in collaboration with Arthur Erickson; Hammond, Beeby & Babka; Murphy/Jahn, Lohan Associates, and SOM. The entries were narrowed down to two finalists: The Chicago Library Team with Helmut Jahn's glassy, modern design, and the SEBUS coalition, whose postmodern design by Hammond, Beeby and Babka took elements from nearby historic buildings. Notably, Jahn's design was to have arched over Van Buren Street onto the area that is now occupied by Pritzker Park, incorporating a new elevated station on Chicago's Loop. These elements were deemed too expensive, along with the rest of Jahn's design, so the Hammond, Beeby and Babka design won the competition.

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Harold Washington Library
S State St 400
United States
Project is public!
Completion 10- 1991
ArchitectHammond, Beeby and Babka
Project ID 21203
Latitude/Longitude 41°52'35N 87°37'42W
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