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Willis Tower and John Hancock Architect Dies

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Claudia Rodriguez

I am a DePaul senior Political Science major and Journalism minor.

A very important Chicago landmark contributor passed away, arquitect Bruce Graham whom was known for designing the Sears Tower (will never be known as the Willis tower to Chicagoans) and the John Hancock Center died Saturday at the age of 84 in his Florida home.

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Bruce Graham

Now, Graham may not have contributed to the Gold Coast neighborhood per se, but he got pretty close with the John Hancock Center located on 875 N. Michigan Ave.

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Graham was known for his bold style which was based on steel frame foundations.

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John Hancock Center

I for one was proud that the designer of such iconic buildings for Chicago was a Latino!

Graham as well helped contribute to the Chicago 21 Plan in 73' which is reponsible for creating the Museum Campus in the South Loop.

Graham is survived by his three children and six grandchildren, his wife passed away in 2004.

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Molly Horan said:

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Having just gone up for drinks to the Signature lounge just last week, it's hard not to recognize the talent of such a fabulous architect! What a breathtaking city. Chicago architecture is some of the modern world's best and he certainly created something magnificent for us. :-) My condolences to his family. Thanks for posting this, Claudia!

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