“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Platt Luggage Building

Formerly the Ginn & Company Publishers Building


—Howard Van Doren Shaw, architect —

The Platt Luggage Building Marker image. Click for full size.
October 19, 2013
1. The Platt Luggage Building Marker
Inscription. The Platt Luggage Building, originally located at 2301 South Prairie Avenue, was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw for the publishing company originally owned by H. H. Forsythe. Howard Van Doren Shaw was one of the region's most successful and popular architects. The Platt Luggage Building is a wonderful example of the masonry craftsmanship prevalent at the turn of the 20th century. The building was designed in the classical Beaux Arts style with many elements of the building following the English Arts and Crafts style found in many of Shaw's buildings. The base supports three-story order round brick columns that lend a grand effect. It is capped by a wide entablature and printer's escutcheon at the center of the cornice.

The entire facade was mapped and cataloged during dismantlement, with ever brick and stone marked for removal and replacement. After the entire facade was dismantled and repaired, the stone and brick walls were reinstalled and attached to a structural steel support system. The original brick and stone components were rebuilt to match the original historical Platt Luggage facade. The facade stands as an example of masonry construction excellence of the past as well as the present.
Erected 2004 by Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.
The Platt Luggage Building image. Click for full size.
October 19, 2013
2. The Platt Luggage Building
Marker is located on the wall - near the building's front door.
41° 51.174′ N, 87° 37.13′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and South Calumet Avenue on South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2203 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago IL 60616, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Book Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheeler–Kohn House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Fort Dearborn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry B. Clarke House (approx. 0.3 miles away); John J. Glessner House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Nine Dragon Wall in Chicago’s Chinatown (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Chicago (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
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