George Schipporeit, the architect who designed Evanston’s tallest building, has died.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Schiporeit died Thursday at HCR Manor Care in Northbrook of complications from pneumonia. He was 80 and lived in Glenview.

Schipporeit, a pupil of  master modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was most famous for his collaboration with John Heinrich on the design for Chicago’s Lake Point Tower residential high rise.

But he also designed the Chase Bank Tower at 1603 Orrington Ave., built in 1969, which remains Evanston’s tallest building, and the nearby Rotary International building.

Visitation and services will be Sept. 7 at Donnellan Family Funeral Services, 10045 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie.

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Photo: Schipporeit speaking at ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of Lake Point Tower in 2009 (Lake Point Tower Flickr)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. there is a third building……

    In addition to the two towers, George Schipporeit designed his own home in Evanston. It can be viewed from the outside on block south of Demspter on the east side of Asbury. It is a precast concrete residence that most pepole in the neighborhood hated and was based on a housing construction system he had developed for a project in Indiana. It sat unfinished for many years when he had no funds to complete the project and it is unclear if he ever moved in or lived there at all.  Supposedly there is or was a swimming pool or handball court in the basement.

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