About Metropolitan Place
Nestled in the shadows of some of Chicago’s most impressive architecture, and one block West of the Chicago River’s South Branch, Metropolitan Place Condominium Residences were once a Florsheim Shoe Company factory.
Completed in October 1949, the building was "the first major Chicago structure to emphatically embrace the design elements of European modernism," the 1993 AIA Guide to Chicago. The guide cited the building’s "emphasis on flat planar surfaces, its continuous steel-sash ribbon windows, and its uniform cladding of light-colored glazed brick."
Designed by Alfred P. Shaw, of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, a firm known for its work on the Wrigley Building and Central Post Office, Metropolitan Place Condominium Residences still have a modern feel today.
Uniquely designed in the shape of a “U,” so as to provide maximum natural light to shoemakers and leather tanners, Metropolitan Place boasts an unusually large number of 4’ by 8’ windows for a building of its era.
With remarkable architectural views of the landmark Union Station, Metropolitan Place residents enjoy its busy neighborhood during the daytime hours and its quiet neighborhood during the evenings and weekends.