37¢ 860-880 Lake Shore Drive
Modern American Architecture
Issue Date: May 19, 2005
City: Las Vegas, NV
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10.75 x 11
860-880 Lake Shore Drive
860-880 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, is the address of two identical apartment buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe. The rectangular, glass and steel structure of these 26-story towers was a radical design when they opened in 1951.
As early as 1921, Mies had dreamed of building a glass skyscraper. With the Lake Shore Drive towers, he finally realized his dream. After these, his gleaming high-rises went up in Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto, culminating in New York’s Seagram Building, designed with architect Philip Johnson.
German-born Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) never received any formal architectural training. He was apprenticed to architects while still a teenager and opened his own office in Berlin in 1912.
Mies moved to the U.S. in 1937. As director of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago for twenty years, he trained a new generation of American architects. His philosophy of “less is more” became the guiding principle of mid-twentieth century architecture.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s stunning, twin Lake Shore Drive buildings remain the ultimate expression of minimalist glass and steel design.