Conceived as a model of modern, scientific efficiency in wholesale
merchandising. The Merchandise Mart's purpose was to centralize Chicago's
wholesale goods trade by consolidating its vendors and activities
under one roof. The creation of The Merchandise Mart epitomized the
business and building boom of the frenzied years of the 1920s, which
was categorized by both an ambivalent combination of building tendencies
and a traditional view of civic decorum in architecture and planning.
At the time of completion in 1931, The Mart was the largest building
in the world at four million square feet.
Ownership of The Merchandise Mart passed from Marshall Field and Company
to Joseph P. Kennedy in 1945. Over the past half century, Merchandise
Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) has been North America's specialist in
marketing support of buildings with wholesalers, retailers and consumers.
In this capacity, MMPI is both a property manager and trade show producer,
divisionally organized by the industries housed in its buildings and
represented at its events.
Today, The Merchandise Mart is an architectural design capital. Throughout
the year, MMPI hosts trade shows and market events giving architects
the chance to view the latest in residential and commercial design
and services. Besides a resource, The Merchandise Mart is a showcase
for many well-known architects. From showroom redesign to the renovation
and construction of the building itself, The Merchandise Mart displays
foremost architectural design projects throughout.
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