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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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  • The picture window in your home was originally called the Chicago Window and set in skyscrapers. The first ones are to be seen on the Marquette Bldg. In the lobby is arguably the highest quality mosai...  more »
  • This is a phenomenal building to visit, and were it not for my friend dragging me in, I would have walked right past. And missed some of the most beautiful mosaics I have ever seen depicting the Frenc...  more »
  • Excellent historic skyscraper with beautiful exterior and lobby rotunda mosaic is an incredible work of art. There is a free exhibit on the buildings history and Chicago's early skyscrapers which is v...  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!
  • It's a building!