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Marquette Building

Chicago, Illinois
County of Cook.
140 S. Dearborn Street
National Register Number: 73000697
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Commerce/Trade - business. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: IL-7 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Office Building.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 7, 1976):
Built 1893-94, this 16 story building demonstrates that its designers, Holabird and Roche, understood the implications of the then-new steel frame technology: the revolutionary new building material demanded rethinking of obsolete architectural theories. The first decisive statement on steel framing, the building's interior is a model of functional design that also retains some of the most handsome details--sculpture, marble, and mosaics--of any of the the Chicago buildings.

There are no threats at this time.

The landmark won the "Coolest Thing" award from Friends of Downtown for lobby exhibit detailing rise of the skyscraper, a building style pioneered by the Chicago School of Architecture at the turn of the 20th century.

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