Not many people know that Chicago really has had two Sears towers. Before Fazlur Kahn's Sears Tower of 1973, the iconic Chicago department store had a 2.5 block long complex of offices and manufacturing North Lawndale on Chicago's West Side. Here the iconic Chicago department store centered their operations for almost seventy years, with administrative offices, catalog printing, athletic facilities, and WLS radio station. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
While most of the original Sears complex has been demolished, the "original Sears Tower" remains. On the outside it looks like many early industrial constructions of brick, with European-inspired details like arched windows. In this view from the inside of the old Sears Tower, we get a spectacular view of the city as well as the "new" Sears Tower dominating our cityscape, though it has been eclipsed as the tallest building in the world.