Laird Bell law Quadrangle

  Photo by Balthazar Korab

Photo by Balthazar Korab

1111 E. 60th Street, Chicago
Eero Saarinen & Associates, 1960

This Eero Saarinen-designed complex has been lauded as a crowning achievement of modern architecture. The building's long, low classroom and administrative wings are in keeping with the Modernist interest in horizontality and interlocking space and Saarinen used the same Indiana limestone as in their Gothic brethren. The nearby fountain and plantings, by landscape architect Dan Kiley, softened the lines without upsetting the Mondrianesque order.  A 2008 renovation and rehabilitation project restored the structures to their former glory while also repurposing them for contemporary needs. The D'Angelo Law Library tower and the reflecting pool received successful makeovers and were awarded the 2008 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation. (Adapted from the University of Chicago website)