Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Delaware Building

architect

Wheelock and Thomas

location

36 W. Randolph St.

date

1872-74

style

Italianate

construction

precast concrete facade

type

Office Building
 
 
   
One of the few Loop structures surviving from the massive rebuilding that followed the Fire of 1871, this Italianate-style building is also an early example of the use of a precast concrete facade in Chicago. An 1889 remodeling made it competitive with newer and larger commercial buildings by adding two floors, a dramatic steel-framed interior atrium, and redesigning the first two floors.

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
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