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Santa Fe Building

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Identification

Santa Fe Building
Railway Exchange Building
116661

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
terra-cotta
curtain wall
white
chicago school

Usages

commercial office
restaurant mercantile museum

Facts

  • The building's light well was capped with a skylight in the 1980s and converted to an atrium.
  • The Chicago Architecture Center opened in July 2001 on the Jackson Street side. It features an architecture timeline, interactive exhibits, and a scale model of Downtown Chicago.
  • Chicago's largest architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is headquartered here.
  • The Santa Fe logo on top of the Michigan Avenue facade gives the building high visibility from Grant Park. A similar logo can be found on the Santa Fe Building in Amarillo, Texas.
  • The building's original saloon, including its mural scenes of ancient Rome, survives as a private conference room of the Chicago Architecture Foundation on the first floor.
  • A skylit lobby with a grand staircase occupies the bottom two floors under the atrium. The shops, restaurants, and architecture center are all accessible through the lobby as well as the street.
  • Architect Daniel H. Burnham moved his office here upon its completion, and worked here on his influential 1909 Plan of Chicago.
  • Headquarters of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. A ground floor exhibit area is open to the public, and the foundation operates a gift shop and bookstore on the Michigan Avenue side.

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Location

224 South Michigan Avenue
80 East Jackson Boulevard
224 South Michigan Avenue
60604
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Certificates

Certified as LEED – Gold (2013)

Technical Data

284.40 ft
260.55 ft
16.00 ft
171.00 ft
171.00 ft
17
1903
1904

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • Atrium is present
  • Doorman is available
  • Illuminated logo on the facade
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