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The Rookery Building, Chicago

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Rookery Building is a historic landmark located at 209 South LaSalle Street in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Completed by John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root in 1888, it is considered one of their masterpiece buildings, and was once the location of their office. The building measures 181ft, is twelve stories tall and is considered the oldest standing high-rise in Chicago. It has a unique style with exterior load-bearing walls and an interior steel frame, which provided a transition between accepted and new building techniques. The lobby was remodeled in 1905 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Beginning in 1989, the lobby was restored to the original Wright design.
The building was designated a Chicago Landmark on July 5, 1972, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1970 and listed as a National Historic Landmark on May 15, 1975.
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  • The buildings along LaSalle Street {and Jackson Blvd.} warrant a viewing by any visitor to Chicago. Skip 'North Mich' and head into the Loop and along the River.  more »
  • I knew I was going to like this space, as spaces by FLW are special (detail, human scale, complex volumes and massing), but nothing prepared me for the delightful beauty. I was wowed, as was my...  more »
  • A beautiful building! Unfortunately only the lobby is accessible to the public, but a guided tour will take you up to the 3rd floor and up the iconic staircase. Tickets can be purchased from the Frank Lloyd Wright gift shop for $10, and it lasts about half an hour.
  • Such an unexpected treasure awaits in this brown, unassuming building. The rookery has amazing history! They had to paint the glass ceilings black during war to avoid bombing, Frank Lloyd Wright assisted with the beautification of this building post war. The gold plated paneling installed over the original brown everything is beautifully stunning. People get married here, and I certainly see why. I'm so glad to have visited this building as opposed to doing an architectural boat tour.

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