Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop North

Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building

architect

George C. Nimmons

location

320 N. Clark St.

date

1914

style

Chicago school 

construction

Brick cladding, steel-and-concrete supporting frame

type

Office Building, Warehouse
 
 
Combining elements of both the Chicago and Prairie schools of architecture, this is one of the city's finest examples of industrial design and a rare reminder of the type of buildings that once lined the Chicago River. Built as a warehouse and office building for a wholesale grocery company, it was one of the first designs to respond to the 1909 Plan for Chicago's goal for riverfront redevelopment: docking facilities are recessed at the water level, while a promenade extends at street level. A bold Chicago School-style exterior highlights the building's steel-and-concrete supporting frame, which is further enhanced by excellent brickwork and terra-cotta details. A central tower provides a strong counterpoint to the general horizontality of the structure, making this one of the best-known buildings along the Chicago River.

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