CHICAGO (CBS) — The iconic Marina City complex on the north edge of the Chicago River could soon become an official city landmark, after preservationists lost a battle to save another building designed by the same architect.
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is scheduled to vote Thursday on a recommendation for preliminary landmark status for the 65-story twin towers designed by Chicago native Bertrand Goldberg.READ MORE: Armed Robbers Are Attacking, Beating People At Their Garages In Alleys On Southwest Side
“Marina City is just an icon of Chicago,” said Bonnie McDonald, president of Landmarks Illinois, a Chicago-based historic preservation group.
The towers, resembling corn cobs, are perhaps Goldberg’s most famous project, and are arguably Chicago’s most famous skyscrapers, after the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center.
McDonald said Marina City deserves to be protected as landmarks.
“In addition to its being architecturally significant, it also was one of the first residential complexes north of the river,” McDonald said.