Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Jewelers Row District




Wabash Avenue, predominantly between Washington and Monroe Streets




The Jewelers Row District is significant as an important and unique part of Chicago's famous downtown shopping district centered on State Street and Wabash Avenue. It is especially noteworthy as an important center, since the first decade of the twentieth century, of jewelry manufacturing and trade, silver manufacturing, and watch manufacturing and repair. The district is a distinguished group of buildings important in the development of Chicago commercial architecture and includes important building types such as post-Chicago Fire loft manufacturing buildings, Chicago School loft manufacturing, mercantile, and office buildings, early twentieth-century skyscrapers, and Art Deco-style mercantile buildings. These buildings display architectural styles significant to Chicago architectural history, including Italianate, Renaissance Revival, Romanesque Revival, Chicago School, Classical Revival, and Art Deco, and designed by some of Chicago's most significant architects, including John Mills Van Osdel, Adler & Sullivan, D. H. Burnham & Co., Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, and Graham, Anderson, Probst & White.


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