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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
2008.
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.

Condition:
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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