Monadnock Block

Side Elevation, North Half, photo by Richard Nickel></A>
            
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	<TD VALIGN=    Address: 53 W. Jackson Blvd.
Year Built: North half, 1889-91; South half, 1891-93
Architects: Burnham & Root, Holabird & Roche
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 14, 1973

Cornice Detail, South Half, photo by Barbara Crane The two halves of this building provide a unique perspective for examining the history and development of modern architecture. The north part--famed for its lack of traditional ornamentation--is a masonry, wall-bearing structure, the last skyscraper to employ this method of construction, with six-foot thick walls at the base. The south addition, on the other hand, is an early example of steel-frame construction, its underlying structure revealed through narrow piers and wide windows. Together, they mark the end of one building tradition and the beginning of another.

View circa 1920 Interior Stairs, photo by HABS Section and Elevation Drawings

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Early Skyscrapers Tour
The Loop Tour
Great Interiors Tour
 
1. Side Elevation, North Half, photo by Richard Nickel
2. Cornice Detail, South Half, photo by Barbara Crane
3. View circa 1920
4. Interior Stairs, photo by HABS
5. Section and Elevation Drawings