Photographer's Note

Sears Tower, Chicago

I've been posting several pictures of Sears Tower, but for the first time, here it is up close (Norbert, this is for your theme; Yitzhak - here's a closer view). Before Taipeh 101, this is either the tallest, second-tallest, or third-tallest building in the world, depending on your definition. But here are the facts about Sears from and other sources: World's tallest building from 1974 - 1996; surpassed by the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The observatory elevators are among the world's fastest at 1600 feet per minute. Consists of 9 bundled square tubes, each 75 ft. wide with no columns between the core and perimeter. Imagine a cigarette pack with nine sticking out, one taller than the other. Two of the tubes are 50 floors high, two are 66 floors, three are 90, and two are 108. Built from 1968-1974, designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, 110 stories high rising to 527.3 m (about 1,450 feet), There are 104 elevators to skylobbies at floors 33/34 and 66/67 and an observation deck (open to the public) at floor 103.

Clad in black anodized aluminum and approximately 16,100 bronze-tinted windows.

The developer, Sears Roebuck & Co, no longer holds office in the building - they moved out to a neighboring suburb in 1992.

Tech: Picture taken from a moving car on a gray day (so the reflection on the building is also gray; normally, the building is darker than this). Rotation, autolevels, stamp clone unwanted structures (like top of a neighboring building), cropping, resizing then unsharp masking.

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