Art: How to Spell Steel

Nearly a quarter of a century had passed since a new office building rose in Chicago's Loop, where the first skyscraper* was built 72 years ago. This week, amid the Loop's smoke-stained, weather-worn monuments to another era, the Inland Steel Co. dedicated a crisp, tall, gleaming home office that goes a step or two ahead of almost every other office building in the U.S.

When Inland decided to build its own headquarters at Dearborn and Monroe Streets, opposite its old offices in a bank building, it set a basic goal. "We are the only major steel company with headquarters in Chicago," said...

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