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Shelter Building

 
 
Shelter Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
1. Shelter Building Marker
Inscription. Serving as a connection between the Terminal Building to the west and the Recreation Building to the east, the Shelter Building was part of the original Pier construction of 1916. As such, it served the tens of thousands of city residents who would flock to the Pier each summer to picnic and to escape the heat of the city.

The building was also well named. While its northern and southern exposures were open to the elements, the roof structure provided valuable shelter from the summer sun and occasional afternoon cloudbursts. The Pier’s original carousel was also housed on the building’s north side.

An easily overlooked feature of this building is the “rooftop garden”, as it was called in the 1920’s. However, in the Pier’s early days, it served much as Dock Street does today, as a gathering place complete with cafe tables, live music and refreshments. Today, this space (now referred to as Lakeview Terrace Rooftop) continues to be used, most often for special outdoor receptions.
 
Location. 41° 53.487′ N, 87° 36.067′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from East Grand Avenue half a mile east of North Streeter Drive. Touch for map. The Shelter Building is located near the east end
Shelter Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
2. Shelter Building Marker
of Navy Pier. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Terminal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois & Michigan Canal (approx. half a mile away); Monument of the Millennium (approx. 0.6 miles away); Q.S.M.V. Abegweit (approx. 0.8 miles away); Columbia Yacht Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Honorable Joanne H. Alter (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jack Brickhouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Tribune Tower (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Also see . . .
1. Navy Pier - About Navy Pier - History. (Submitted on October 4, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Navy Pier - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 4, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Shelter Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 30, 2011
3. Shelter Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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