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Masonic Temple

Identification

Masonic Temple
Capitol Building
102685

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
steel
spread foundation
chicago school

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • First building in Chicago to surpass 300 feet.
  • Masonic Temple featured a central light court ringed by shops on the first nine floors with offices above and meeting rooms for the Masons on the uppermost floors.
  • The building employed a rigid steel frame with wrought iron windbracing placed diagonally between the structural members above the 10th floor.
  • As light was a prime concern, large windows were installed from top to bottom, clearly illustrating the practicality of a steel-framed tower.
  • Tallest building in Chicago from 1895 to 1899; surpassed by the 6 North Michigan.
  • Although this building was shorter than New York's World Building with its lantern, it boasted the highest occupied floor in the world.
  • This was the first building in Chicago to reach 18 or more stories.
  • The gabled roof was a loose inspiration for the design of 190 South LaSalle by Johnson/Burgee Architects.
  • Due to height regulations enacted in 1892, The Masonic remained one of Chicago's tallest buildings until the 1920's when the city's new zoning laws permitted towers. In 1939, its offices and stores considered old fashioned, Masonic Temple was demolished.

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Location

State & Randolph Streets, NE corner
60601
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

302.00 ft
302.00 ft
302.00 ft
21
1891
1892
1939

Involved Companies

Burnham and Root
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