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“Because it was one of the only buildings to survive the Great Fire of 1871, the Water Tower” has become synonymous with Chicago’s momentous rebirth after the fire…”—Dominic Pacyga, Chicago Historian via The Magnificent Mile.
Pictured is the gothic style Water Tower, one of two structures that were undamaged after the Great Chicago Fire on what used to called Pine Street (because of all the Pine Trees found in its area) now, Michigan Avenue. Redevelopment of this once narrow and small residential street occurred between the years of 1900 and 1930. Originally, Pine Street went as far as the Chicago River going north and largely residential. However, as a part of the 1909 Burnham Plan, Pine Street (now referred to as Michigan Avenue) expanded to North stretching past the river; while the river portion of the avenue continued to be used for wholesale and industrial purposes principally due to the river access for shipping and receiving and became known as Streeterville after Captain George Streeter and his boat the Reutan.
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This vintage photograph of the historic Chicago landmark known as The Merchandise Mart, shows the vastness of what developers of the period wanted all buildings to embody, “goodness can be found in bigness” alluding to the thought of big equal great power and that large buildings can have many different functions.
Constructed in 1927, the architects Graham, Anderson, Probst and White (GAPW) completed this architectural marvel with a crew of 2,500 people and nine cranes setting it 25 stories high and two city blocks long dominating the Chicago River. With an interior of 4.5 million square feet in floor space and little over seven miles of hallways, the outside is laced with dramatic vertical lighting and the emerging modernism that inspired its chamfered (curved) corners with flat surfaces.
Still referred to by its old moniker of “Colossus of Marketplace,” the building itself is a mix of historically different architectural styles but is primarily influenced by Art Deco. Prior to its 1960’s renovation, the twenty-second and twenty-fourth stories of The Mart’s Tower had fifty-six Native American Chief heads as classical acroteria (architectural ornatement) in the geometric style of Art Deco. They were later removed due to the lack of visibility to pedestrians on the street and were replaced with cement columns. Outside of the building on the river walk lays the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame constructed to honor the greatest merchants of America in the form of bronze busts such as: Marshall Field, Robert Elkington Wood, Julius Rosenwald and F.W. Woolworth. Akin to many other historic Chicago buildings, the Merchandise Mart was also inspired by Egyptian landmarks with its pyramid like tops making it a timeless design.
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This historical photograph was taken by the Chicago Architectural Photography Company in 1930. Friedman Fine Art has access to the original glass plate negative and can produce this piece to any custom size delivering a spectacular framed photograph with beautiful resolution and clarity. This photograph is part of a tremendous collection of old and vintage Chicago and financially related imagery.
The Chicago Board of Trade building stands at the end of LaSalle Street. The structure was designed by the famous and prolific architectural design firm Holabird and Root, and completed in 1930. The gray limestone throne like tower is 45 stories tall and is adorned in the Art Deco style. At the top of the building is the sculpture of Ceres, the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture. The beautiful and spacious two story interior of the lobby is detailed with scalloped curves, metal sculptural banding, and dramatic illumination.
The architects Holabird and Root set the Chicago Board of Trade on a nine story core that originally included a six story trading area. Slightly above the entrance, well over the trading floor, sits a large clock sits facing north, book-ended on either side by two exceptionally carved limestone personifications of wheat and corn, rich with Art Deco symmetry. These beautiful works were executed by artist Alvin Meyer.
As basic as the exterior ornamentation appears, the interior design features are intensified and extravagant in the luxury of materials used. The three story lobby is a masterpiece of Art Deco with its passion for sleek, polished and burnished surfaces and contrasting marble finishes. The mellow light shines and shimmers off fixtures of translucent glass and nickel, two essential ingredients of the period’s brilliant architecture. The spectacular ornamentation is both geometric and modern. There is an additional touch of Egyptian influence with the building’s interior, conveyed in a zigzagging decorative pattern. This marvelous design is aristocratic modernism at its best. The Chicago Board of Trade building and its timeless design is a flawless expression of the era.
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