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Montgomery Ward Company Complex

Chicago, Illinois
County of Cook.
National Register Number: 78001125
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Commerce/Trade - department store. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: IL-7 Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 2, 1978):
Since 1909, this complex has served as national headquarters for the country's oldest mail order firm. Founded in 1872 by Aaron Montgomery Ward (1843-1913), the company established the consumer trust which made a large scale mail order business possible, and set a standard for the mail order industry which other firms found it necessary to emulate in order to compete.

There is no threat to the landmark at this time.

The building has been transformed into housing. Balconies have been added along the west and east façade of the Administration Building. Rehabilitation does meet Secretary of Interior’s Standards with the exception of the balconies.

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