McCormick Building in Chicago

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McCormick Building

332 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60604
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  I worked for two separate firms in the McCormick Bldg. during the 1980's and 1990's. One included McCormick's old office as our board room. It was incredible - lots of warm, old wood. The mail chutes in the hallways were still operable at that time as well. The bathrooms were incredible, too, before they were modernized. I loved working in that historic space.

Tracy - Sunday, April 9th, 2017 @ 7:31am  

  I had worked in the building after the great tunnel flood of 1993. I was there two hours after the water started to enter the building on B3. The building engineer at the time was Ed. I had the pleasure of repairing and ultimately restoring the power to the two water freight elevators. No one had any information on how these elevators worked and I had investigated and created the electrical schematic for how the elevator works. It was a great pleasure to work in this building from April 13, 1993 til May 1994.

Orest Dutko - Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 @ 11:44am  

  My Grandfather, Louis Graf was superintendent of this building in the the 50's.He used to take me to work with him when I was but 5-6 years old and let me run the elevators, including the freight elevator. He passed away of lung cancer in the early 60's unfortunately. But to this day I still remember the good times I had as a child at this building and sharing his lunch with him.

Kenneth Graf - Saturday, February 6th, 2016 @ 4:46pm  

  We are interested in this building's original history because we purchased a condominium and live here now. Thanks to this website, now we know the meaning of the elegantly styled "MCB" on the doorknobs. We especially enjoy the architectural ornamentation around the roofline; at night it's illuminated by lights several stories down, and we can see the details just outside our top-floor windows. One can't see all those details from the street or even from lower floors, but they include leaves, small berries, and large flowers carved into the stone. It's a very comfortable and livable building.

Patrick - Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 @ 10:57pm  

  Was the coffee shop located downstairs? Used to go there for lunch when I worked at Continental Assurance (CNA) 1965 - 1971. Always busy and best lunch around.

Barbara - Monday, September 23rd, 2013 @ 1:56pm  

  My dad was George Balek~~he worked as elevator starter back in the fifties and then became a building engineer around 1960 or so. Then became building engineer superintendent until he retired in early 80's. Anyone remember him???

george balek - Monday, June 17th, 2013 @ 5:54pm  

  My father worked here from the late 50s through the early 80s. He was the Executive Director of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club (Francis Gregory) and I used to come with him to his office in this beautiful building (and take piano lessons half a block south). Everyone is right -- the lobby is gorgeous, the cinnamon rolls were awesome and the view was amazing. I loved seeing this again!

Lauren Gregory - Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 @ 8:16am  

  I've taken up the habit of going to Estate States and as a result it has renewed my interest in history. Not only have I found beautiful items to add to my home, but many of the items come with great historical facts.While looking for cool door knobs for our home we ran into some that were originally from this building before it was rebuilt and turned into condos. They are beautiful and have the initials of the building, MCB.

Annie - Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 @ 4:24pm  

  My Great grandfather Rudoph Frohlich was a barber for over 50 years, many years were at the Mc Cormick building, probably during the 50's 60's and 70's. Very cool reading everyones comments about the building and it's history.

Mike English - Saturday, June 30th, 2012 @ 7:42pm  

  My grandfather was a tennant in the 50'2 and 60's. His name was Fred W. German. My father worked for the McCormick estate. I remember somuch about "332". The coffee shop, lobby, and Nick, the elevator operator. Thanks for the memories.

robert w smith - Sunday, August 14th, 2011 @ 5:03pm  

  I worked in this building in 1949-51 as the secretary for Robert Hall McCormick, Jr. He was the builder for the new condo building at 860 Lake Shore Drive. His office was connected to his father's living suite on the top floor.

Jane Wagner - Saturday, July 9th, 2011 @ 1:02pm  

  I believe my grandfather's company (Allen - Garcia) was located in this building on various floors over the years. Does anyone have old plans which show or identify the spaces occupied by this firm? Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Mark Fisher - Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 @ 11:12pm  

  Long before the appearance of the condos on the upper floors. there was a resident in the building. Robert Hall McCormick, who died in 1963, had an apartment there, with a parlor-office, library, kitchen, and bedroom. It was maintained until the building was sold

McCormick - Monday, January 18th, 2010 @ 11:52am  

  We have lived in this building for 10 years! The top six floors were gutted and re-built as condos in the late 90s. We were the first to move in in 2000. We have three windows overlooking Grant Park and 5 windows looking south. It is a fabulous and protected view - and 10 years down the road we are obviously still a well-kept secret!

Mary Zavett - Friday, January 8th, 2010 @ 7:14am  

  I worked at 332 South Michigan Avenue in the 60's. The McCormick Building lobby was beautiful. The coffee shop had the best toasted cinnamon rolls. I worked for Health Insurance Association of America. (HIAA). I met some very good friends at that time in my life.

Ann Marie Lundstrom - Saturday, December 19th, 2009 @ 9:35am  

  My great grandfather was the building superintendent for the McCormick Estates. My mom remembers her grandfather & dad discussing elevator problems in the buildings. My great grandfather was William J Lane.

Mary Lee Foley - Thursday, October 15th, 2009 @ 8:06pm  

  I started working here in this building for Texaco, INC back in November 21, 1966. Great historical building. Need to visit there again. Yes the lobby is beautiful!

Paul A. Orosco - Monday, September 14th, 2009 @ 7:04pm  

  I'm fascinated by all of the historical comments on this site. My grandfather, Robert Hall McCormick, was the guy who built this building, and my dad had his offices in the building while I was growing up. Please, if you have more stories about any relatives who had offices in the building, or who worked there, don't hesitate to share.Jane Beattie: I think I recently met a relative of yours in Kalamazoo, MI; her last name was Beattie, and I think her dad had worked with Hedrick-Blessing. Ring any bells?Unknown: Are you a McCormick family member?Richard Moran: Actually, I think he is the Chief Engineer now. He's been there since the fifties, and could probably disassemble the building and put it back together blindfolded. Wealth of information.Thanks for all the comments!

Matthew Morris McCormick - Thursday, August 27th, 2009 @ 8:24pm  

  There are many wonderful things about this building...But by far the greatest thing is it's afternoon engineer. Not only is he very knowledgeable about engineering and various other subjects, but he is also incredibly good looking. The building is really nice, but he is the true star of 332.

Richard Moran - Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 @ 9:11pm  

  the most beautiful lobby i've every seen and it almost all orignal. my family has worked there for 3 generations. if you are ever near by stop in and take a look.

unknown - Friday, June 26th, 2009 @ 12:19am  

  This charming structure was home to my 17th floor trade association office in the mid 1970s - a classic "turn of the century" (yes, that OTHER century) building directly across Michigan Avenue from Grant Park.

Tom Herron - Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 @ 11:50pm  

  My grandfather, Ernest S. Hough, was on the board of directors, and the corporation secretary, of the Walworth & Neville Mfg. Co, which established an office at 1461 McCormick Building, in 1919.

Jane Beattie - Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 @ 3:48pm  

  Part of the legacy of theGeorge A. Fuller Company,Building Construction.

Howard L. Brown - Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 @ 8:28am