The Carbide and Carbon building stands out on Michigan Ave. as one of Chicago's most well known buildings. After years of neglect, and even the spectre of demolition, the building has been rehabilitated and now houses the Hard Rock Hotel. Part of the extensive work done to the building included a complete restoration of the building's exterior as well as the main entrance and lobby.
The building's art deco styling is particularly noticable at the main entrance. The fluted metal work and lettering style contribute to the buildings reputation as being one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in Chicago.
The top of the building is covered in gold leaf which appears to run down the building over a series of setbacks. The gold coloring is particularly striking when set against the dark green coloring of the tower.