Chicago Architecture Info

Chicago Bar Association Building

321 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Basic Information
Designed by Tigerman McCurry Architects
Cost $15,000,000
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 16
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • This building was designed by Stanley Tigerman.
  • There is a time capsule underneath the lobby floor. It is scheduled to be opened in 2074.
  • The statue above the main entrance is an old interpretation of the figure "Justice."
  • This was developed as the first "condominium office" project in Chicago. This was necessary because the Chicago Bar Association is a non-profit.
  • This building has 105,000 square feet of rentable space.
  • Before this building was erected, the site was a surface parking lot and a six-story brick building.
  • According to a 1990 article in the Chicago Tribune, the old six-story brick builidng that was at this location was the headquarters of the Chicago Auto Dealers' Club before it because home to the Princeton-Harvard-Yale Club, a Naval induction center, and part of Borg-Warner.
  • The sixth floor of this building is linked directly to the law library at John Marshall College.
  • This building was originally designed to include many neo-Gothic elements like spires and gargoyles. These were later dropped.
  • January, 1989 - The old building at this location is demolished. Demolition begins with a ceremonial swing of a gavel, knocking down a fake wall of bricks from the old building.