Chicago Architecture Info
The Home Insurance Building
Adams and LaSalle
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Courtesy of the Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Basic Information
Designed by William Le Baron Jenney
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 12
Maximum height 180 feet/54 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • 1880: A Minneapolis man named Leroy Buffington comes up with a design for the world's first skyscraper, but no one will give him the money to build his 28-story dream.
  • Autumn, 1883: William Jenney wins a contest held by the Home Insurance Company in New York for a new building in Chicago.
  • Spring, 1884: Construction begins.
  • Autumn, 1885: Construction of the Home Insurance Company building is completed. 1888: Leroy Buffington is awarded a patent for the skyscraper, even though the Home Insurance Building and other skyscrapers have already been built.
  • 1890: Two stories are added to the top of this building.
  • 1931: This building is torn down.