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LaSalle Bank Building

Identification

LaSalle Bank Building
Field Building, LaSalle National Bank Building, Bank of America Building
117618

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
limestone
applied masonry
light brown
Art Deco

Usage

commercial office
shop(s) service branch(es)

Facts

  • The centerpiece of the lobby is a brass elevator location indicator panel in the shape of the building.
  • The world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, stood on the western part of this site and was demolished for this building.
  • Completed early in the Great Depression, this was the last office skyscraper built in Chicago until One Prudential Plaza in 1955.
  • The two-story lobby spans the block between Clark and LaSalle Streets, and is crossed near the western end by a footbridge.
  • The top two floors hold the executive dining rooms for the bank, and feature a narrow terrace overlooking the central Loop to the east.
  • The building was originally named the Field Building after prominent Chicago retailer Marshall Field, whose estate developed the structure.
  • On the evening of Monday December 6, 2004, the 29th floor of this building caught fire and burned for over five hours. There were no fatalities.
  • The exterior has no ornamental embellishments, making its design uncharacteristically spare even for the art moderne style.

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Location

135 South LaSalle Street
60603
U.S.A.

Technical Data

535.01 ft
535.01 ft
535.01 ft
45
1931
1934

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

developer, general contractor, owner, property management, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark