Chicago Architecture Info

Monadnock Building

Formerly known as Monadnock Building, Kearsarge Building, Katahdin Building, and Wachusett Building
53 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Basic Information
Designed by Burnham & Root
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 17
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Though this was not the world's first skyscraper, this building was the inspiration for the coining of the word "skyscraper"
  • This was the last building designed by legendary architect John Wellborn Root.
  • At its base, the walls are six-feet thick, because this building is entirely supported by bricks, with no steel reenforcement.
  • The building's foundation extends 11 feet beyond its ground-level footprint.
  • The building is named after a mountain in New Hampshire. A "monadnock" is a kind of hill that rises suddenly from the surrounding terrain. A mountain in New Hampshire acquired this name from an indian word describing that geological feature.
  • April 2, 2008: Crain's Chicago Business reports that a deal is in the works for Interwest Capital Corp. to buy this building for $48,500,000.
  • September, 2010: This building was named #4 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.