Tag Archives: Chicago School

Revell Block, corner of Wabash and Adams.  Adler and Sullivan, 1883 (demolished, 1960).  (Art Institute of Chicago) Further experiments in the potential for hybrid structures of iron and brick came in the early work of Adler & Sullivan. Often seen … Continue reading

Palmolive Building, 919 N. Michigan Avenue.  Holabird and Root, 1929.  Night view from south.  (Contemporary post card, collection of Thomas Leslie) The Palmolive’s exterior skin was utterly flat between its setbacks, with no projections on its solid, Bedford stone verticals. … Continue reading

Champlain Building, corner of State and Madison Streets. Holabird and Roche, 1894 (demolished, 1916). View from southeast. (120 Photographic Views of Chicago, Rand McNally, 1909) . . . . criticism was leveled at Holabird & Roche’s 1894 Champlain Building. The … Continue reading

Bowen Building, 62-74 E. Randolph.  W. W. Boyington, 1872.  (Photo Thomas Leslie) Chicago came to be known as a city of steel, but well into the 1880s it remained a city of brick, which eliminated some of stone’s drawbacks but … Continue reading

Chicago Savings Bank, corner of State and Madison Streets. Holabird and Roche, 1905. View from northeast. (Photograph Thomas Leslie) In addition to limiting height, the 1893 code carries stringent new mandates for construction. Particularly influential was Section 111, which limited … Continue reading

Civic Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive.  Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1929.  View from southwest.  (Contemporary post card, collection of Thomas Leslie) Powered construction, advanced structural engineering, and rapid elevators found their ultimate expression in four record-breaking Chicago projects built … Continue reading

Schlesinger and Meyer Department Store.  Detail of Madison Street elevation.  (Photograph by Thomas Leslie) It was the eventual expansion of Schlesinger & Mayer’s operations that produced the refined statement of function, structure, and construction for which the building became better … Continue reading

Wrigley Building, 510 N. Michigan Avenue, Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1921, view from southeast. (Contemporary postcard, collection of Thomas Leslie) The Wrigley Building’s most striking features, however, were the two hundred high-powered incandescent projectors mounted on adjacent buildings, throwing … Continue reading

Delaware Block, 36 W. Randolph.  Wheelock and Thomas, 1874 (extended later).  (Photo by Thomas Leslie)  Chicago’s soil was a hurdle to tall construction regardless of building type. Chicago rested up on a hundred-foot-thick layer of waterlogged clay that frustrated attempts … Continue reading

Mather Tower, 75 E. Wacker.  Herbert Hugh Riddle, 1928.  View from north.  (Photograph by Thomas Leslie) No tower had been built to such slender proportions, and there were few opportunities for diagonal bracing in the tower’s narrow direction because of … Continue reading