This Is Marina City / Portland Cement Association / 1965

This Is Marina City / Portland Cement Association / 1965


Footnotes

As stated by Goldberg, "we cannot burden either business with buildings used thirty-five hours a week or apartment buildings used only at night or on the weekends, with our tax loads. We can no longer subsidize the kind of planning that enjoys only the single-use of our expensive city utilities. In our 'cities within cities' we shall turn our streets up into the air, and stack the daytime and nighttime use of our land." ➡︎

Marina City is an honest and in your face building. Parking garage, a place to live, a place to work and place to relax, entertain, eat, drink and play. The various activities within the building provide uses not only for the residents but acts as an anchor for the city and neighboring blocks. Think of New Urbanism of today with its emphasis on transit-oriented pedestrian friendly mixed-use communities. Goldberg’s vision of a city within a city was a contemporary refashioning of traditional city values. The programmatic complexity of Marina City is simplified in plan into two towers, an office, plaza, and theater complex. To this end, it achieves more with more and with the material minimalism and structural finesse of a Frank Lloyd Wright building. ➡︎

Originally, each one-bedroom apartment was to share one of the buildings’ signature scalloped balconies with the apartment next door. To keep prying eyes from seeing into the bedrooms, the builders installed partitions, with a short length of chain extending from the partition to the balcony railing to block trespassing. “Those chains came to be called the Marina City chastity belts.” ➡︎


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Sources

◼︎ Marina City / Bertrand Goldberg / 1959-1967

◼︎ More Marina / Andrew Dribin / MAS Context / 2009

◼︎ Fifty-Year Marina City Resident Reflects on Life in the Landmark Towers / Dennis Rodkin / Chicago Magazine / 2012


The Absent Column / Nathan Eddy / 2013

The Absent Column / Nathan Eddy / 2013

Chicago: The City To See in '63 / Margaret Conneely / 1962

Chicago: The City To See in '63 / Margaret Conneely / 1962