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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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  • Home of the Frank Llyod Wright Trust. This building has wonderful architectural details that are available for free public view in the lobby. For a small fee ($10 when I was there) you can take a guid...  read more »
  • This historic building has a beautiful lobby that deserves to be seen. We drove the lonely to discover this Palace where admission is free. Not to be missed.
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  • Beautiful building on the outside but the most beautiful is the lobby. Everything is in art deco style. Note: the staircase suspended in the bottom of the lobby. Superb.
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  • Beautiful example of a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building right in the heart of Chicago. Spacious, well lit, and modern. Go see it, or even get married here!
  • Very cool architectural building in Chicago. A great spot to get a couple of pictures of the beautiful floating staircase.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright was a master who shaped modern architecture. If you only step in and view the atrium, you'll be a better person for having done so.
  • Stop in and check out the lobby if you are walking buy this building. The history is fascinating and the architecture is stunning. One of the most interesting buildings in the city and that is saying a lot.
  • Great place. Restored to most of the Frank Lloyd Wright era look.
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