Chicago Architecture Info

The Oriental Theater Building

Official name: The Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Formerly known as The Civic Tower Building
The United Masonic Temple
24 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by Rapp & Rapp
Floors: 32
Maximum height 276 feet/83 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Length: 140 feet
  • Width: 181 feet
  • Developer: The United Masonic Temple Corporation
  • Architect: Cornelius W. Rapp
  • Architect: George L. Rapp
  • This is one of many buildings in the Loop designed to be extended vertically with a tower addition.
  • This building has a tunnel that runs west beneath the neighboring buildings and out to another tunnel running north and south under Dearborn Street.
  • 1981: The theater was so run down that it closed to the public.
  • 1996: Renovations began.
  • 1998: The theater opened to the public.
  • 2013: A proposal was floated to turn the office portion of this building into residences.