33 East Congress Building in Chicago

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33 East Congress Building
Formerly:MacCormac College
Formerly:Congress Bank Building
Formerly:The Congress-Wabash Building

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  This entire building was originally leased to Louis and Norman Bensinger, who were largely in control of the Brunswick corporation, who also owned most of the largest and nicest billiard halls in Chicago. Billiard Halls not pool halls. It was their intent to make this building a "man-mall" crammed full of everything that men wanted to do; billiards, cigar shop, shoe shine, diner, barber etc.Louis Bensinger was killed in 1928, hit by a car in his own neighborhood. Some suspect it was foul play, as the Bensingers were powerful people and openly defied the organized crime factions of the day.Either way, Bensingers death threw a wrench into their plans, the giant recreational complex did not last long, and a bank became the largest client in the building.The rest, as they say, is history :)

David Bond - Saturday, March 18th, 2017 @ 12:57pm  

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