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

Washington Block

Frederick and Edward Baumann architects

 

— 1873-74 —

 
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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
 
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. Touch for directions.
 
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); Eternal Flame Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Sauganash Hotel/Wigwam (approx.
Washington Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, May 10, 2018
2. Washington Block Marker
¼ mile away); First Post Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Wacker Drive (approx. ¼ mile away); Continental and Commercial Bank Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Hubbard’s Folly” (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 17 times this year. 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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