Above: S.R. Crown Hall (1956)
Illinois Institute of Technology, 3360 S. State St.

“Crown Hall is the home of the IIT architecture department on a campus that Mies designed," says Kamin. "It’s this airy temple of steel and glass, and this image captures the seemingly floating ceiling plane. Only modern materials allow you to design a light and elegant stair like this. Mies took industrial materials like the steel being made in Gary, and he gave them black-tie elegance.”

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