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Insurance Exchange Building

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Identification

Insurance Exchange Building
175 West Jackson
116620

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
brick
applied masonry
white
neo-classicism

Usages

commercial office
shop(s) service branch(es) restaurant

Facts

  • At one time this was home to more insurance companies than any other building in the world.
  • The 22-story structure was built to accomodate a tower of 20 additional stories on top.
  • Constructed in 2 phases sixteen years apart. The north half was completed in 1912, and the south half in 1928.
  • The peak of the north skylight is the highest point on the building, three feet higher than the south skylight.
  • The steel skylights over the light courts were lifted into position by helicopter.
  • Before the south half was built, the entire first floor space was occupied by a consolidated railroad ticket office.
  • The floorplates are 68,000 ft² each.
  • The recent $80 million renovation upgraded this building from Class C office space to Class A.
  • Renovated from 1999-2001 by Lucien Lagrange & Associates. The lobby and entrances were redesigned, the two light courts were capped by skylights, and the exterior brick and terra-cotta were cleaned.

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Location

175 West Jackson Boulevard
300 South Financial Place, 176 West Van Buren Street, 301 South Wells Street
175 West Jackson Boulevard
60604
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Certificates

Certified as LEED – Gold (2011)

Technical Data

310.00 ft
310.00 ft
298.50 ft
21
1911
1928
2001

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2001

Halvorson and Partners

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Features & Amenities

  • Atrium is present
  • Doorman is available
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