Marina City under construction, circa 1960

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This striking photograph of Marina City‘s construction comes courtesy of Wikipedia user Sba2, who uploaded the photo and licensed it through Creative Commons’ Attribution 2.5 license. Credit for the photo goes to Chalmers Butterfield.

The snapshot – a Kodachrome print, judging from the description – shows Marina City’s first tower under construction. It doesn’t include a date, but Marina City was under construction in the early 1960s. The skyline in the background – or lack thereof – is fascinating, mainly because it’s bereft of so many of the familiar landmarks we see today.

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