Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Ludington Building

architect

William Le Baron Jenney

location

1104 S. Wabash Ave.

date

1891

style

Victorian Industrial

construction

steel frame, clad in terracotta

type

Office Building
 
 
   
The city's earliest-surviving, steel-frame building, a type of construction that changed modern architecture. It represents one of the high points of its designer, William Le Baron Jenney, who is widely considered to be the "father of the skyscraper." As one of the first structures to be completely clad in terra cotta, it also marks an important step in Chicago's leadership in the development of the architectural terra cotta industry. Its purity of form and delicacy of ornamental detail mark it as one of the most significant visual landmarks of the South Loop. It was built by Mary Ludington to house the American Book Company.

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