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Sears Merchandise Building Tower

Identification

Sears Merchandise Building Tower
Sears Roebuck Merchandise Building Tower
117500

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
brick
applied masonry
dark red
renaissance revival

Usage

commercial office

Facts

  • Formerly attached to a 3.3 million ft² office building, the largest commercial building in the world upon completion and the largest timber building ever built.
  • This is the original Willis Tower. In 1974 Sears Roebuck & Company moved from this complex into what was then the world's tallest building.
  • This tower is the oldest high-rise building in Chicago outside of downtown.
  • The structure is capable of supporting one of the greatest floor loads of any known building in Chicago since the floor below the observation deck held tanks containing 200,000 gallons of water.
  • Upon completion the building had the highest insurance and fireproofing rating of any structure of its type.
  • The tower was a landmark for travelers starting off on Route 66, the historic highway between Chicago and Los Angeles.
  • The metal framing attached to the back is decorative, not structural. It serves as a reminder of the enormous structure which used to be connected to the tower.

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More Information

Location

900-906 South Homan Avenue
60624
U.S.A.

Technical Data

173.63 ft
15
1906

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

facade consultant

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark