Year Built: 1961
Architect: James Nicas
Builder: Nathan Company
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 2/2/10
The Twin Towers, a high-rise residential and commercial complex in Midtown, was one of the few mixed-use developments constructed in the city during the mid-20th century. Entrepreneur Julius Novack hired architect James Nicas to design the complex’s two 10-story towers and a subterranean parking garage. The south tower was fully remodeled from its former use as a Sears and Roebuck store in 1962 while the north tower was newly constructed in 1967. Nicas embraced the Modern Style to create a distinct exterior of steel, glass, and transite with spacious interior spaces. In their plan for the post-war development, Novak and Nicas took into consideration the city’s newly identified planning goals as well as shifting lifestyle choices and modern design thinking. The north tower was demolished in 2013.