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Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Washington Block

Frederick and Edward Baumann architects

 

—1873-74 —

 
Washington Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, May 10, 2018
1. Washington Block Marker
Inscription. At the time of its construction, in the aftermath of the Fire of 1871, this was one of the city's tallest buildings. Its limestone facades feature ornate Victorian-style details; its lobby includes a unique curving hardwood staircase. Structurally, the building represents a rare surviving example of an isolated pier foundation, an engineering advancement that helped lead to the high-rise office building.
 
Erected 1997 by Commission on Chicago Landmarks.
 
Location. 41° 52.986′ N, 87° 38.034′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of North Wells Street and Washington on North Wells Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 48 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60606, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Third Church Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Augustus Garrett (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Sauganash Hotel/Wigwam (approx. ¼ mile away); First Post Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Wacker Drive (approx. ¼ mile away); Continental and Commercial Bank Building
Washington Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, May 10, 2018
2. Washington Block Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); “Hubbard’s Folly” (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Eastland Disaster (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Categories. Architecture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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