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Could This Sketch Have Been Marina City?

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 5, 2012 3:20PM

A sketch of Marina City by George Charney for the Chicago Daily News, July 1962 (via Marina City Online)

Look at that: Marina Towers meets The Jetsons, complete with a ramp connecting each of three towers? What gives?

Chicago ephemera website Calumet412 posted this sketch of Marina Towers that was distributed in 1962 by the Associated Press to media outlets across the country. The sketch was drawn by George Charney, an artist and architect who was the art director of the Chicago Daily News.

According to Marina City Online, Charney misinterpreted Bertrand Goldberg's plans and drew the sketch above to be distributed to news outlets. Goldberg's designs never called for a third tower, and the caption distributed with the sketch called for the development to be situated on 16 acres near Marina City's location.

But damn if that sketch doesn't look cool. Imagine if Goldberg had designed that.