Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building

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Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building
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Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building with the Clark Street Bridge in the foreground
General information
Type Office/Warehouse
Architectural style Chicago school
Location Chicago
Coordinates 41°53′17″N 87°37′54″W / 41.8880°N 87.6318°W / 41.8880; -87.6318
Construction started 1913
Completed 1914
Governing body Private/Friedman Properties
Technical details
Floor count 7
Design and construction
Architect George C. Nimmons

The Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building, also known as the Reid Murdoch Building, the Reid Murdoch Center or the City of Chicago Central Office Building, is a seven story office building in Chicago. It was constructed in 1914 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1][2] It also has been designated as a Chicago Landmark.[3] It is located in the River North neighborhood, alongside the Chicago River between LaSalle Street and Clark Street.


The building was designed by George C. Nimmons for Reid, Murdoch & Company to be used as offices and a grocery warehouse[4] It was used as a makeshift hospital on 24 July 1915 after the S.S. Eastland capsized in the Chicago River on the opposite shore, directly across from the building.[4] From 1955 the building was used by the City of Chicago, housing its traffic courts, the State Attorney's Office, and various city departments.[1] In 1998 it was redeveloped by Friedman Properties. The building currently houses the headquarters of Encyclopædia Britannica.

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  1. ^ a b "Reid Murdoch Building". Chicago: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinery. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building". Chicago Landmarks. City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Reid Murdoch Building". Archived from the original on 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2007-05-28.