Jewelers' Building - Chicago, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 41° 53.209 W 087° 37.622
16T E 447978 N 4637399
35 East Wacker Drive was originally known as the Jewelers' Building and a well known design feature was the 22 floor car lift that allowed jewelers to enter the building and ride up to their office without exiting the car.
Waymark Code: WM286G
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 09/20/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 71

35 East Wacker drive, originally known as the Jewelers' Building, was constructed from 1924-1926. It's 40 stories rise 523 feet above the ground, crowned with a gorgeous dome. Although it was built during a time when Art Deco reigned, it is a very classically influenced building.

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35 East Wacker is one of the best buildings in the city of Chicago. Originally known as the Jewelers Building, it was created for the city’s diamond merchants and had an unusual security procedure – to reduce the chances that its tenants would be mugged walking between their cars and their offices, the building featured a central auto elevator. People would drive into this elevator and it would take them to the floor where their office was. Jewelers loaded down with precious stones and metals wouldn’t have to be exposed to a potentially hostile exterior environment. Though innovative, it was an arrangement that didn’t last very long. By the Second World War the auto elevators were abandoned and decked over to make more office space. Naturally, these kind of freight elevators required more mechanical space than regular passenger elevators, and the entire 24th floor was given over to that task, and as a maintenance shop for crafting replacement pieces for the building’s ornate terra cotta exterior and interior needs. This wasn’t reclaimed for office space until the very late 20th century.

35 East Wacker is a skyscraper out of time. Though born in the midst of the Art Deco movement, its form and decorative flourishes are clearly influenced by Roman, Greek, and Gothic architecture. Through its dome, its spires, its copulas, arched windows, and more it manages to combine differing styles to create an intricate visual delight.

A couple of interesting facts about the building: it is headquarters of the famous firm,Murphy/Jahn Architects. Helmut Jahn's showroom occupies the dome at the building's summit; the building is featured in scenes from 2005's "Batman Begins", with Batman perched on one of the turrets rising at the corner of the dome's base.

Street address:
35 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Cook

Year listed: 1974

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Commerce/Trade

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 01/01/2007 To: 12/31/2007

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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