Inside Marina City
Andreas E.G. Larsson
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In 1964, the Marina City towers became the tallest apartment buildings and the densest mixed-use complex in the world. While post-World War II housing and interstate highway legislation were together catalyzing suburban sprawl across the U.S., the Goldberg team had to lobby the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., to underwrite and recognize the unprecedented mixed-use project as viable housing. As for its impact on Chicago, not long after Marina City invented the mixed-use complex, Chicago’s Hancock Tower doubled down on the model, effectively stacking Marina City’s two 588-foot-high towers on top of each other to top out at 1,128 feet, Moddrell says.