Tacoma Building (Chicago)

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Tacoma Building (the tall building in the centre). Stereoscopic view by Benjamin W. Kilburn

The Tacoma Building is an early skyscraper in Chicago. Completed in 1889, it was the first major building designed by the architectural firm Holabird & Roche. The Tacoma Building was demolished in 1929 to be replaced by One North LaSalle.[1]

A pioneering building of the Chicago School, it uses a framework of iron and steel constructed by George A. Fuller with, for the first time, all its members fixed together by rivets. While internally still supported by load-bearing walls, the two facades towards LaSalle Street and Madison Street are true curtain walls.[2] With this, Holabird & Roche's structure went beyond William LeBaron Jenney's solution for his Home Insurance Building.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Copper Country Architects
  2. ^ Leland M. Roth, in: Joan Marter (Ed.), The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, Oxford University Press 2011, p. 528 (s.v. Holabird & Roche)

References[edit]

  • Blaser, Werner. Chicago Architecture: Holabird & Root, 1880-1992. Basel; Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1992.
  • Bruegmann, Robert. Holabird & Roche/Holabird & Root: An Illustrated Catalog of Works, 1880-1940. New York: Garland Publishing, 1991.
  • Bruegmann, Robert. The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.