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Marquette Building, Chicago

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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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  • I remembered this build from a previous trip, and how transported I was by the Tiffany glass mosaic in the lobby. What I did not remember and appreciated very much was the explanatory exhibit in the n...  read more »
  • Marquette building was named afterJacques Marquett a jesuit who was an explorer of chicago and other places. In the lobby you see made beautifully with mosiac pieces his story of his travels. Bronze, ...  read more »
  • The mosaics were fascinating in the lobby. Also there is a small Museum featuring the architecture and construction of the building just west of the lobby. Easy visit. Great way to kill an hour. 
  • 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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  • Hi, I went there to get my fingerprints.THe owner and t he staff were very cordial and helpful as well as very efficient.I would recommend this place to everybody who would want there pics or fingerprints taken.You might even get a cup of chai from the owner!!
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