|Location||5000 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60640
|Architect||Harris, Ralph C.; Jillson, Byron H.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Moderne|
|NRHP Reference #||02000099 |
|Added to NRHP||March 1, 2002|
The Aquitania was built by Ralph C. Harris and Byron H. Jillson in the Classical Revival style. It was developed by George K. Spoor, the co-founder of Essanay Studios, a producer of silent movies in the first decades of the twentieth century. At this time, Chicago rivaled both New York City and Hollywood in film production, and Spoor was able to use his considerable wealth to build an apartment he felt fitting for the stars connected with Chicago's growing entertainment industry.
When the Aquitania was built, it was situated directly on the Lake Michigan shore; subsequent development of both Lake Shore Drive and the lakefront park have moved the shore some distance away. The fifteen-story building has a courtyard and an Art Moderne lobby. Construction was completed in 1923, and it became a cooperative in 1949.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15.
- Real estate Housing profiles The Aquitania
- Benjamin History Certifications
- Chicago Register of Historic Places
- National Register of Historic Places Cook County