This is my second custom design skyscraper model and my thirteenth overall. The Richard J. Daley Center is Chicago's main civic building and houses over 120 courts and hearing rooms, the Cook County Law Library, and select court- related divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Originally named the Chicago Civic Center, the building was renamed on December 27, 1976 just seven days after long-time Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley's death. The Daley Center is also known as Daley Plaza due to its large plaza in front of the building which features the famous Chicago Picasso, a sculpture designed by The Artist himself, which was installed in 1967.
This is my fifth Chicago skyscraper model and my first in a series of Chicago landmarks that my family has contributed to. My grandfather, Anthony Buttliere, was a glass glazer who did much of his work in the Chicago area. Due to his expertise, he was commissioned during the filming of the blockbuster film The Blues Brothers to help out in a car chase scene through the streets of Chicago. My grandfather removed large panels of glass at the building's plaza level and replaced them with stunt glass for crazy Jake and Elwood to drive through while in their stolen cop car. My decision to do this model took place over a year ago...
I was participating in a boy scout outing in preparation for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. As a member of the Northwest Suburban Council, we had decided that our theme at the Jamboree was going to be the Blues Brothers. During the outing, we watched a slightly edited version of the movie. When I told my dad about it, he told me how "Papa Tony" had helped out with its filming. It never occured to me that I should do the model until one day, someone contacted me asking for help to design a Daley Center model for a class project. Afterward, I improved the rather crude design and decided to make it one of my next projects...
So here I am, seven months later with a completed Daley Center that took me about two days to re-design. Model completed August 11, 2011.
The plaza of the Daley Center featuring a fountain, subway access stairs, and the Chicago Picasso.
The Chicago Picasso represented by a black tap element and a black 1x2 "cheese grater" slope.
The east underground parking garage access ramp.
The corner of the plaza at which my grandfather removed the necessary panels of glass.
The backside of the building. The Daley Center was built using a self-weathering metal known as Cor-Ten. Cor-Ten is made to noticeably rust over time. This factor attributed to my decision of using LEGOŽ's reddish-brown color for the facade. Although this color slightly exaggerates the real brown of the building, it will only get more accurate as the metal will slowly become browner as it ages.
At 648 ft, the Daley Center was the tallest building in Chicago for four years starting in 1965, until the completion of the John Hancock Center. It is also the tallest building in the world with under forty stories even though there are only 32 floors. This is partly due to the fact that the building's floors are thicker than the standard office floor height. Because of this, I opted for a standard of 2.5 plates for each floor, thereby making SNOT tiles a good solution to accurately display the correct number of floors.