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Rookery Building, Chicago

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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.NameThe name of the building is an allusion to the old City Hall building that occupied the land before the Rookery. That building was nicknamed the Rookery not only in reference to the crows and pigeons that inhabited its exterior walls, but also because of the shady politicians it housed (given the rook's perceived reputation for acquisitiveness). After the Great Chicago Fire a dilapidated building was used as an interim City Hall at this location (LaSalle and Adams). However, pigeons became such a nuisance that a complaining citizen began referring to the building as "a rookery", a term the press quickly adopted. Although several names were considered when a new structure on the site was proposed, "the Rookery" won out.
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  • we did this as art of the architecture tour but anyone can access this part of the building. definately go inside to see the stair case and Frank Loyd wright additions  more »
  • Here for a wedding....It was perfect size for a wedding of 106 people. The staff did a nice job of draping off the store fronts. Setting up the chairs for the wedding and then the tables for the dinne...  more »
  • Since we were here to celebrate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with the Oak Park Wright Plus Tour, we had to see Wright's downtown office building, The Rookery. The space and light inspired,...  more »
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  • Lobby is open to visitors to see Root's design and Lloyd Wright's update. Make sure to check the Information is posted on the walls for details about the building. Worth the read.
  • This building is amazing to look at. It's a shame that on the day I wanted to see the lobby, it was closed. Pretty cool anyways, hope to see it next time.
  • Cool architectural gem in the city. Once the headquarters for the famous Daniel Burnham the atrium is gorgeous and the iconic stair is worth the walk. Unfortunately security is tight so you aren't going far without being invited by one of the businesses inside or on an architectural tour.
  • Inside the building looks amazing. Must see place in the area.
  • Very cool exterior & interior. They do a tour inside.