2 Chicago buildings named historic

March 29, 2010 3:58:11 PM PDT
The modernist IBM building and the commercial historic district in Andersonville have been listed in the national register of historic places by the National Park Service.

The IBM building at 330 North Wabash was completed in 1972 and was the final American project of world-renowned designer Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe.

Officials say the building embodies distinctive characteristics of the modern movement, including straightforward structural expression.

A nine-block span of North Clark Street was also added. The stretch in Andersonville is closely associated with the Swedish community and includes several turn-of-the-century buildings.