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Monadnock Block

Monadnock Block

The Monadnock Block is one of Chicago’s architectural darlings. To the casual observer, this block may not seem revolutionary, but it’s a two-in-one time capsule of trailblazing construction techniques and evolving aesthetics. From the north it’s a tall, narrow building with thin windows, not much ornamentation, and a smooth flare at the top. From the …

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The Rookery

Rookery Building Detail

One of the most celebrated buildings in a city of celebrated buildings is The Rookery. There are many reasons for this status. One is because it’s one of the oldest surviving high-rises in downtown Chicago. Another is its innovative foundation, which has kept it upright despite being planted on a muddy morass. There’s also the …

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