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Marquette Building

Identification

Marquette Building
117279

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
terra-cotta
applied masonry
dark brown
chicago school

Usages

commercial office
shop(s)

Facts

  • 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.
  • It was a named a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
  • Named for Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary and explorer who spent the winter of 1674-75 in the area that is now Chicago.
  • The lobby connects with the Edison Building to the west, allowing pedestrians to cross indoors from Dearborn to Clark Street.
  • Additional decoration includes bronze heads of native Americans, animals, and early explorers. The revolving door panels feature carvings of panther's heads.
  • In the 1930s the building was the downtown headquarters for over 30 railroad companies.
  • The original design has been marred by the additions of one extra floor, and 26 feet of additional frontage to the west in 1905.
  • A renovation in 2003 restored the cornice to the top of the building.
  • The façade is made of horizontally banded brown terra cotta with wave-like moldings.

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Location

140 South Dearborn Street
60603
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

205.00 ft
205.00 ft
205.00 ft
12.42 ft
11.00 ft
140.00 ft
186.00 ft
17
1893
1895
1905
10

Involved Companies

Holabird & Roche
developer, general contractor, property management, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark