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Identification

6 North Michigan
Montgomery Ward & Company Building, Tower Building
116747

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
applied masonry
brown
renaissance revival

Usages

residential condominium

Facts

  • Four extra stories were added on top of the main structure in 1923 by architects Holabird & Roche, wrapping around the lower part of the tower.
  • Built as the headquarters for retailer Montgomery Ward, a pioneer in the mail-order business. The founder Aaron Montgomery Ward, whose office here faced over the lake, was instrumental in preserving the open lakefront and creating Grant Park.
  • When it was converted to condominiums in 2001 the developers considered restoring the pyramid.
  • Until 1947 the building had a steep Italianate pyramid, topped by a 22.5-foot sculpture "Progress Lighting the Way For Commerce". The tower reached a height of 394 feet.
  • On the 7th of December 1997, mystery writer Eugene Izzi died by hanging in Suite 1418 of this building. Three computer disks were found in his pockets, holding the manuscript of a novel about the death of a mystery writer in a similar fashion.
  • Tallest building in Chicago from 1899 to 1922; surpassed by the Wrigley Building.
  • Additional height is being added to the building during its reconstruction including a small 1-story loft space on top of the tower, and extra floors on the back side.
  • During the 1990s the Chicago Athenaeum had a two-level architecture museum at the base.

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Location

6 North Michigan Avenue
80 East Madison Street
6 North Michigan
60602
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

282.00 ft
282.00 ft
277.73 ft
261.08 ft
11.83 ft
22
1897
1899
2005

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