What did the Architect have in mind when Designing this Building?

Carbide Carbon Building

Prohibition Champagne - Carbide and Carbon Building - Chicago

Prohibition Champagne: Now the Hard Rock Hotel, the Carbide and Carbon Building was built during the Prohibition in Chicago by Daniel and Hubert Burnham to resemble a champagne bottle with a foil top. While most buildings in Chicago at the time sported a light gray limestone facade, the Carbide and Carbon building was domposed of a polished black granite base and a tower covered in deep green terra cotta – a poke at the repressive Prohibition Era laws. It is one of a handful of Chicago skyscrapers to be allowed to have its tower lights permanently illuminated.


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About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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