Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Fisher Building

architect

Daniel Burnham & Co.; Peter Weber, addition

location

343 S. Dearborn St.

date

1896; north addition, 1907

style

Chicago School 

construction

Gothic-inspired terra-cotta tracery

type

Office Building
 
 
   
Cladding this early skyscraper with Gothic-inspired, terra-cotta tracery was not a casual stylistic choice. Its designers looked for inspiration to the early Gothic cathedrals of Europe, which shared common characteristics of tallness and often having more glass than masonry. Eagles and mythical beasts decorate the upper stories, and aquatic creatures and seashells--a visual pun on the name of the building's original owner, Lucius G. Fisher--are found at the base. A later addition to the north is largely a repetition of the original design, except for the absence of bay windows.

links

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