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Marquette Building, Chicago

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Architectural Building Historic Site
The Marquette Building, completed in 1895, is a Chicago landmark that was built by the George A. Fuller Company and designed by architects Holabird & Roche. The building is currently owned by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It is located in the community area known as the "Loop" in Cook County, Illinois, United States.The building was one of the early steel frame skyscrapers of its day, and is considered one of the best examples of the Chicago School of architecture. The building originally had a reddish, terra cotta exterior that is now somewhat blackened due to decades of Loop soot. It is noted both for its then cutting edge frame and its ornate interior.Since being built, the building has received numerous awards and honors. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 9, 1975, and it is considered an architectural masterpiece. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 17, 1973. It was a named a National Historic Landmark on January 7, 1976. The building's preservation has been a major focus of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation completed an extensive four-year restoration in 2006.
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  • If you are close by, it is well worth a quick look see. Even worth a dedicated trip. I am always impressed by the hidden treasures that call Chicago home. Highly recommend.  more »
  • One of my favourite buildings while on a quick visit to Chicago. This building was introduced to me on the 'historical skyscrapers' tour with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Loved the panels of J...  more »
  • This was a last stop of a walking tour. What an incredible place. The outside has a lovely, historical façade; only a glimmer of what awaits inside. The building was set for demolition multiple times,...  more »
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  • This building was completed in 1895 with 16 stories....an early high rise (sky scraper). The lobby is an awesome display of art that tells a story of Father Jacques Marquette's explorations of the region between 1674 &1675. Currently the building, that has been painstakingly rehabbed, houses the MacArthur Foundation. Truly a gem.
  • Information on the first floor is interesting as well as the lobby and second floor interior.
  • Another architectural gem in Chicago. A great example of the famed Chicago School of architecture. Be sure to go inside the lobby and see the stunning Tiffany mother of pearl mosaics. As well as the original 1895 light bulbs.
  • This building is an amazing treat right in the middle of Chicago's Loop. Step inside the lobby, look up and gaze in wonderment at the impressive art that surrounds you. When you're finished gawking, take the steps up to the second level for a different perspective. Finally, return to the lobby and head for the interpretative display which details the history of the Chicago skyscraper and the Marquette's place in that history. We are so lucky to have a living history of architecture in Chicago!
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