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Monadnock Building

Downtown / The Loop
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Address: 53 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604-3606
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The two-building block represents old-style masonry and new-fangled steel...

The two-building block represents old-style masonry and new-fangled steel framing.

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Tallest Load-Bearing Brick Building

The building is open to the public and you can walk through - and also go up stairs. It is the tallest load-bearing brick building ever constructed (north section built in 1891... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
Diane K
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The building is open to the public and you can walk through - and also go up stairs. It is the tallest load-bearing brick building ever constructed (north section built in 1891 and the south in 1893). The shops inside are also interesting - especially the custom made hat shop. We went on a 45 minute tour of the building... More 

Thank Diane K
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This building is one of the must-see with my architect friends. Just like many other tall buildings in Chicago, you have to step back at least a block away to get a good photo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is another of Chicago's famous, historic buildings. Be sure to walk through, end to end and see the shops. It is like stepping back in time! So glad this building has been saved.

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Taytay, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

My mother worked in this building back in the 50's so we went to revisit it with her. Specialty shops on the ground floor take you back nearly a century with a hat store that makes custom made hats and a shoe shine store that repairs shoes. The jewelry store has been around for over 50 years as well. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

This building is worth at least a quick visit to the lobby off State Street (open to the public) to see the amazing mosaic artwork inside that tells an historical story, although you'll have to research what it is. Just walk in and look up.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2014

This is actually two buildings into one, with a nice hallway passage between them. There are really cool shops here, like an old style barber and shoe repair. The mail boxes are great works of art, don't miss those. It is an amazing gem in the loop.

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

From the outside, it was cool! (its free to see it from the outside). If you want to see it from the inside well your out of luck unless you've got an apt with someone in the building.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2013 via mobile

I discovered the beauty of this structure when I visited the Florodora dress and shoe shops on the south end of the building (ladies, peruse the stores, they're pricey but feature local designers and beautiful merchandise). When you walk through the interior you can appreciate the architecture as well as the turn of the century vibe the shops inspire. You'll... More 

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

This building is a little deceptive. It has been restored and renovated many times during its existence, and looks rather modern at first sight. In fact it was built in the Victorian era, in one of the gaps left after the great fire of Chicago, with construction starting in 1891. One thing I appreciated was the cast-iron work on the... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

The building is beautiful and it's history intriguing. In short, the northern part exemplified the masonry construction where walls support the building and the southern part, blending perfectly, the steel support technique. I'll leave details about the architects careers and historical specifics for the genuinely interested architecture affectionado to discover. Inside are remarkable staircases. Pictures...you need pictures, not words. Currently... More 

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