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Sears Tower: A Building Book from the Chicago Architecture Foundation Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764920219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764920219
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on January 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As an occupant of Sears Tower, I find that Pridmore provides an easily-understandable overview of Sears Tower with an especially good focus on how the building was conceived and developed, with dozens of color pictures. There are also a few pictures of the Tower's offices, including Sears Roebuck's old offices, though the offices are mysteriously devoid of human inhabitation. Too often people think that towers like Sears are built by Cities wanting to be boastful rather than private enterprise seeking profits, and in that sense Pridmore tells the story of the tower very well except the sterile interior pictures. He also avoids the cliches like how many toilets are in the Tower.
I have only seen one good discussion of the daily life in a skyscraper, and this is not it. (See the Feb '89 National Geographic if interested.) Pridmore's discussion of the Tower post-construction is limited to discussing renovations and neglects other aspects that my friends usually find much more interesting. For instance, Tower occupants often see amazing sunsets--that is, when the upper floors aren't enshrouded in clouds. Some Tower occupants become motion-sick when the building sways and creaks in windstorms--also not discussed. A man can punch the windows with his fist but they will not break. (I've seen it tried--but don't you try it.) Finally, rumor is that although Sears Roebuck lost its ownership of the Tower a decade ago, they still own the giant Calder sculptures and mobile on the Wacker side. Sears was unable to move the artwork when they left, and because they are screwed in place, the artwork is not technically part of the building.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Earl R. Sutton on November 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"When SOM [Skidmore, Owings & Merrill] realized that their design was only ten stories short of what was supposed to the record-breaking height of the World Trade Center then under construction (1,368 feet), they broke the record, coming in at 1,454 feet.

"By Jay Pridmore. 64 pages, 5 3/4 x 6 1/2". Smythe-sewn casebound with dust jacket. ISBN: 0-7649-2021-9."--© Pomegranate
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hoang on March 14, 2010
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I did not like the book b/c of its size. It's so small, I really didn't anticipate that a book on the Sears Tower would be about the size of my hand. I'm not sure if in the description it had said the size of this book but either way I'm disappointed.
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