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
Address
24 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by Rapp & Rapp
Type
Yes
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.