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Monadnock Building

  • 53 W. Jackson Blvd. Map It
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Published 08/31/2015

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Built in two segments a few years apart, the Monadnock captures the turning point in high-rise construction. Its northern half, designed in 1891 by Burnham & Root, was erected with traditional load-bearing masonry walls (6-feet deep at the base). In 1893 Holabird & Roche designed its southern half, which rose around the soon-to-be-common steel skeleton. The building's stone-and-brick exterior, shockingly unornamented for its time, led one critic to liken it to a chimney. The lobby is equally spartan: lined on either side with windowed shops, it's essentially a corridor, but one well worth traveling. Walk it from end to end and you'll feel as if you're stepping back in time.

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53 W. Jackson Blvd., at S. Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois, 60604, USA

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Published 08/31/2015


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