226 West Jackson in Chicago

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226 West Jackson
Also known as:City Colleges of Chicago Headquarters
Formerly:Chicago Northwestern Office Building

226 West Jackson, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60606
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226 West Jackson is the anti-Sears Tower, and is appropriately situated just across the street from the building that is everything this isnt. 226 West Jackson obeys the rules of the old school of Chicago architecture. Its as if the construction of the Sears Tower was a personal affront to this building that chose to conform. White terra cotta, three distinct skyscraper stages, and a flat roof all mark this as a conservative, turn-of-the-20th-century creation.

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  Largely overlooked by history is that 226 W. Jackson Blvd was appropriated during World War Two by the War Production Board as its Region 6 headquarters. Established by Executive Order, the WPB had supreme authority over every phase of purchasing, production, contracting, construction, conversion, financing, plant design, construction, and expansion. It controlled virtually every aspect of American life during the war. All war activities of the four-state region were controlled in this building.

Jerome M O'Connor - Friday, January 25th, 2013 @ 7:02am  

  I worked in this building (which then housed the Social Security Administration's Chicago Payment Center) from 1969 to 1975. Modernization to that point had been minimal; even at that late date, it still had manual elevators, surely the last I ever encountered in Chicago. One of the cooler features was a large walk-in vault on the second floor, still showing the name of the Chicago & North Western Railway in gilt lettering. I'd like to think it's still there.

Alan Follett - Friday, September 7th, 2012 @ 8:54am  


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