“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
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.
masonry construction excellence of the past as well as the present.
Erected 2004 by Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.
Location. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2203 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago IL 60616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Book Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheeler–Kohn House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Visionary (approx. 0.3 miles away); 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); George Pullman (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2013. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2013. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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