Pittsfield Building in Chicago

Photo of Pittsfield Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Pittsfield Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of Pittsfield Building in Chicago, Illinois
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Pittsfield Building

55 East Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60602
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A nice slender building that reaches 38 stories without fatiguing the observer. Moreover, its lateral flanks allow it to reach its full height within a small footprint and not look awkward. These setbacks were mandated by the city of Chicago in an effort to preserve what little sunlight was filtering down to street level through the growing forest of skyscrapers, and the thickening haze that became common in industrialized 20th century Chicago.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Rentable floor space: 391586 square feet
Timeline
  • November 6, 2002: This building was declared a Chicago Landmark.
Notes
  • Developer: Marshall Field
  • This building is named for Pittsfield, Massachusetts where its developer got his first job.
Did You Know?
  • At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Chicago.
Look For
  • Setbacks at the 22nd, 35th, and 38th floors.
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Your Thoughts

There are two comments.

   I love the Pittsfield Building! So beautiful inside! My father, Mr. Bruno H. Loeb, was vice president of the Kienzle Time Corporation, which was located on the fourth floor, back in the late sixties.

Linda Ingrid Lundgren - Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 @ 9:09pm  

  This building is a great addition to Chicago's Skyline. It makes a great contrast to the Smurfit-Stone Building, which is 2 blocks away. The pyramidal roof makes it stand out that much more. I can see where the inspiration for Lucien LaGrange's Park Tower came from, with the Green damper roof and the spires on the four corners on the top of the pyramid, before the little green middle portion extends 9 feet.

Brent Kampert - Thursday, December 11th, 2008 @ 11:31am  

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