Chicago Architecture Info

Harold Washington Library Center

Formerly known as Chicago Central Library
400 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Basic Information
Designed by The SEBUS Group
Cost $144,000,000
Type Government Building
Floors: 10
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Developer: U.S. Equities
  • Design architecture firm: Hammond, Bebby and Babka
  • Architects of record: A. Epstein and Sons
  • Architecture firm: Delon Hampton and Associates
  • General contractor: Schal Associates
  • At the time of its completion, this was the largest public library in the United States
  • Because this was formerly paved a surface parking lot, dirt had to be brought in for the ceremonial first shoveling at the groundbreaking ceremony
  • 1987: A competition to design, develop, and build a new central library was announced
  • May 15, 1988: The five finalists for the library competition were revealed
  • October 13, 1988: Groundbreaking
  • October 4, 1991: This building was dedicated
  • October 7, 1991: This building opened to the public