Monadnock Building in Chicago

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Monadnock Building
Formerly:Monadnock Building, Kearsarge Building, Katahdin Building, and Wachusett Building

53 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60604
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Quick Facts
Timeline
  • April 2, 2008: Crain's Chicago Business reports that a deal is in the works for Interwest Capital Corp. to buy this building for $48,500,000.
  • September, 2010: This building was named #4 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.
Notes
  • Though this was not the world's first skyscraper, this building was the inspiration for the coining of the word "skyscraper"
  • This was the last building designed by legendary architect John Wellborn Root.
  • At its base, the walls are six-feet thick, because this building is entirely supported by bricks, with no steel reenforcement.
  • The building's foundation extends 11 feet beyond its ground-level footprint.
  • The building is named after a mountain in New Hampshire. A "monadnock" is a kind of hill that rises suddenly from the surrounding terrain. A mountain in New Hampshire acquired this name from an indian word describing that geological feature.
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  True architecture & engineering buffs simply must include a visit to Monadnock while in Chicago. At the time, the architects believed that brick was not strong enough to support a "skyscraper" - hence 6-foot thick walls at the base tapering to two brick thick at the top. Modern science proved the tensil and compression strength of brick easily capable of support tall structures - today, thin-walled "loadbearing" brick buildings abound in this height range.

Tom Herron - Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 @ 12:37am  

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