Chicago Bar Association Building in Chicago

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

321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60604
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Great building. Bad location. Not in terms of convenience or transit, but because of the fact that there are very few vantage points from which to admire this structure. It's white facade helps lighten up a fairly dark corner just inside the Loop. The outer four ranks of windows are full-width while the inner windows are divided horizontally. This provides the illusion that the inner section of the building is recessed. The columns with the wider windows are topped with sets of spires reminiscent of a castle tower.

Quick Facts
Timeline
  • January, 1989 - The old building at this location is demolished. Demolition begins with a ceremonial swing of a gavel, knocking down a fake wall of bricks from the old building.
Notes
  • This building was designed by Stanley Tigerman.
  • There is a time capsule underneath the lobby floor. It is scheduled to be opened in 2074.
  • The statue above the main entrance is an old interpretation of the figure "Justice."
  • This was developed as the first "condominium office" project in Chicago. This was necessary because the Chicago Bar Association is a non-profit.
  • This building has 105,000 square feet of rentable space.
  • Before this building was erected, the site was a surface parking lot and a six-story brick building.
  • According to a 1990 article in the Chicago Tribune, the old six-story brick builidng that was at this location was the headquarters of the Chicago Auto Dealers' Club before it because home to the Princeton-Harvard-Yale Club, a Naval induction center, and part of Borg-Warner.
  • The sixth floor of this building is linked directly to the law library at John Marshall College.
  • This building was originally designed to include many neo-Gothic elements like spires and gargoyles. These were later dropped.
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  The subtle faux-turrets rate a smile, though the Victorians did this sort of thing with more conviction and historical authenticity.

Alan Follett - Sunday, September 9th, 2012 @ 7:52am