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Pontiac Building

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Identification

Pontiac Building
117009

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
shear wall
steel
spread foundation
brick
terra-cotta
exposed structure
applied masonry
brown
chicago school

Usages

office

Facts

  • The brick curtain wall and the bay windows cover the structural frame without marking its lines, making this an unusual example of early skyscraper design.
  • The building is named after the Ottawa chief who led a revolt against the British in 1763-1764.
  • Originally designed for light industry, the Pontiac opened as an office building and was later converted to residences.
  • One of the four oldest remaining skyscrapers in Chicago, and the oldest by Holabird and Roche.

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Location

542 South Dearborn Street
543 South Federal Street, 56 West Harrison Street
542 South Dearborn Street
60605
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

174.20 ft
67.00 ft
101.25 ft
14
1891
1891
1986

Involved Companies

Holabird & Roche

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