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When Wilco Met Bertrand Goldberg

Bertrand Goldberg left his thumbprint all over the city of Chicago, but the architect also lived one of the greatest lives of the 20th century.  He moved to Berlin to study at the Bauhuas, narrowly escaped before the Nazi takeover, and was present at the historically significant moment when two giants of architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, met in the late 1930s.

Goldberg is also the mind behind one of the most recognizable pieces of American architecture of the last fifty years, Marina City in Chicago.  The building crept back into the popular consciousness in 2002, when the band Wilco featured Marina City on their critically lauded album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

The A.V. Club recently did this fantastic feature on the building.


Chicago: The Wilco towers

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