Rookery Building by Burham & Root, Chicago Photos

The Rookery Building (1888) (12 floors) (209 S. LaSalle St.) by Burham & Root was when built one of the tallest buildings in Chicago. Using a combination of masonry walls & iron frame it is an example of the evolutionary road to the skyscraper. Burham & Root had their own offices in the Rookery and as Daniel H. Burnham was the chief planner of the Chicago World's Fair (1893), many of America's most famous architects of the time met in the top floor Library. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the lobby of the Rookery.

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Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Rookery Building facade where Burham & Root used combination of masonry walls & iron frame. Chicago, IL.Window variation of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Carved stone details of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.
Rookery Building (1888) (12 floors) (209 S. LaSalle St.). Chicago, IL. Architect: Burham & Root. On National Register.Rookery Building facade where Burham & Root used combination of masonry walls & iron frame. Chicago, IL.Window variation of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Carved stone details of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.
Carved stone design details of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Carved stone diamonds of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Carved stone birds on Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Terra cotta street sign on Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.
Carved stone design details of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Carved stone diamonds of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Carved stone birds on Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Terra cotta street sign on Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.
Roofline of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Curtain wall of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Brick, terra cotta & windows of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Marble sign of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.
Roofline of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Curtain wall of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Brick, terra cotta & windows of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.Marble sign of Rookery Building. Chicago, IL.
Rookery Building marble lobby wall by Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago, IL.


Rookery Building marble lobby wall by Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago, IL.



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