One Prudential Plaza (formerly known as the Prudential Building) is a 41-story structure in Chicago completed in 1955 as the headquarters for Prudential's Mid-America company. It was the first skyscraper built in Chicago since the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Second World War. The plaza, including a second building erected in 1990, is owned by BentleyForbes and a consortium of New York investors, since the Great Recession of the early 21st century.[1]

One Prudential Plaza
One Prudential Plaza with Two Prudential Plaza towering behind
Former namesPrudential Building
General information
Location130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Coordinates41°53′06″N 87°37′24″W / 41.8849°N 87.6233°W / 41.8849; -87.6233
Antenna spire912 ft (278 m)
Roof601 ft (183 m)
Technical details
Floor count41
Floor area1,762,989 sq ft (163,787.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Naess & Murphy
Structural engineerNaess & Murphy
Main contractorGeorge A. Fuller Co.

History of construction edit

The structure being built in the 1950s

The structure was significant as the first new downtown skyscraper constructed in Chicago since the Field Building, 21 years earlier and was built on air rights over the Illinois Central Railroad.[2] It was the last building ever connected to the Chicago Tunnel Company's tunnel network. When the Prudential was finished it had the highest roof in Chicago with only the statue of Ceres on the Chicago Board of Trade higher. Its mast served as a broadcasting antenna for Chicago's WGN-TV.[2] The architect was Naess & Murphy, a precursor to C.F. Murphy & Associates and later Murphy/Jahn Architects.[3]

Later purchase edit

In May 2006, BentleyForbes, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm run by Frederick Wehba and his family, purchased One Prudential Plaza, along with its sister property, Two Prudential Plaza for $470 million.[4]

After a default on the mortgage encumbering the towers during the Great Recession of the early 21st century, New York-based investors 601W Companies and Berkley Properties took control of the towers after investing more than $100 million in equity to recapitalize.[5] BentleyForbes, the prior controlling owner of the towers, continues to have an interest in the owning partnership.[6]

Tenants edit

in 1964
1943 view from One Prudential Plaza location

The building was the home of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Publishing after leaving Tribune Tower in July 2018[25] until January, 2021.[26]

See also edit

Position in Chicago's skyline edit

 311 South WackerWillis TowerChicago Board of Trade Building111 South WackerAT&T Corporate CenterKluczynski Federal Building333 South WabashChase TowerThree First National PlazaMid-Continental PlazaRichard J. Daley CenterChicago Title and Trust Center77 West WackerPittsfield BuildingLeo Burnett BuildingThe Heritage at Millennium ParkCrain Communications BuildingIBM PlazaOne Prudential PlazaTwo Prudential PlazaAon CenterBlue Cross and Blue Shield Tower340 on the ParkPark TowerOlympia Centre900 North Michigan875 North Michigan AvenueWater Tower PlaceHarbor PointThe ParkshoreNorth Pier ApartmentsLake Point TowerJay Pritzker PavilionBuckingham FountainLake MichiganLake MichiganLake Michigan

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  5. ^ Ori, Ryan (September 8, 2015). "Prudential Plaza gets new $415 million loan". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
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