Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Marquette Building

architect

Holabird & Roche

location

140 S. Dearborn St.

date

1895

style

early Chicago School 

construction

terracotta cladding

type

Office Building
 
 
   
In this building, an appropriate exterior aesthetic expression for the then-new, steel-framed skyscraper was found. The facade clearly reveals its underlying structure--with broad windows set in a framework of narrow piers and spandrels. Its open and well-lit interior layout, built around a central light court, significantly influenced the design of modern high-rise commercial structures. The building is named for Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary and explorer who, in 1674-75, wintered in the area that is now Chicago. The lobby is decorated with mosaic panels made by the Tiffany firm and bronze heads of native Americans, animals, and early explorers.

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