65 East Wacker Place in Chicago

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Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of 65 East Wacker Place in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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65 East Wacker Place
Formerly:65 East South Water Street
Formerly:The Millinery Mart Building

65 East Wacker Place, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60601
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For years, people working in this building suffered with an identity complex. It's was named afer its location -- 65 East South Water Street. That caused a number of problems for everyone from couriers to suburbanites trying to send letters. Eventually, the name of part of East South Water was changed to East Wacker -- slightly less confusing until people learn to adopt the new name.

Address snafus aside, the building serves its purpose. It is an architectural cog in the machinery of Chicago's urban core. Not particularly noteworthy in stature, and even though it has art deco dating and inspiration, the execution is a little weak. It's even too light to be called art moderne. Still, without this structure in place, there would be an obvious gap in this corner of the Loop.

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