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Identification

South Michigan Campus
Torco Building, MRCA Building, Musical College Building, Blum Building, Barnheisel Building, Grant Park Building
117416

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
pile foundation
brick
applied masonry
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

university library (educational)

Facts

  • Bought by Columbia College in 1991; the school's main library occupies the first 5 floors.
  • Often referred to as the "Torco Building" because of the large oval sign for Torco Motor Oil which remains on top.
  • Originally constructed in 1908 as an 8-story building; an additional 7 floors were added in 1922. Alfred Alschuler was the architect of the upper floors.
  • Before the Torco sign was installed, a giant rectangular Shell sign with the oil company's seashell logo stood on the roof.

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Location

624-628 South Michigan Avenue
624-628 South Michigan Avenue
60605
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

173.86 ft
15
1922

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