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East Park Towers
East Park Towers, exterior
Photo courtesy of Peter Rathbun.

As one of a series of hotel apartment buildings erected in the Hyde Park area between 1918 and 1929, the East Park Towers rises 10 stories and is an irregular U-shaped red-brick building with terra cotta trim. The pie-shaped lot on which this building is located dictated the use of angled corners on its two major wings.

William P. Doerr designed the predominantly Georgian style building using applied classical columns, Palladian windows at the first level and terra cotta quoins along various vertical bays. Mission style influence is represented by the terra cotta trim on the parapet. Other features include a series of balconies running up the center bay of the south wing and a horizontal brick and terra cotta belt course at the top level. The 53rd Street facade is lined with several shops while the rest of the levels contain apartment units.

The East Park Towers are located at 5236-5252 S. Hyde Park Blvd. and is not open to the public.


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