Structure in General
- This is a classic example of the Chicago School of Architecture, with an open grid design which expresses the steel frame of the skyscraper.
- The hexagonal railing around the lobby atrium is decorated with a mosaic frieze by the Tiffany studio depicting events in the life of Jacques Marquette.
- Additional decoration includes bronze heads of native Americans, animals, and early explorers. The revolving door panels feature carvings of panther's heads.
- Named for Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary and explorer who spent the winter of 1674-75 in the area that is now Chicago.
- A renovation in 2003 restored the cornice to the top of the building.
- The original design has been marred by the additions of one extra floor, and 26 feet of additional frontage to the west in 1905.
- It was a named a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
- The façade is made of horizontally banded brown terra cotta with wave-like moldings.
- In the 1930s the building was the downtown headquarters for over 30 railroad companies.
- The lobby connects with the Edison Building to the west, allowing pedestrians to cross indoors from Dearborn to Clark Street.
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Features & Amenities
- City landmark
- National landmark