Delaware Building

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Delaware Building
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Delaware Building is located in Illinois
Delaware Building
Location Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°53′5.16″N 87°37′44.93″W / 41.8847667°N 87.6291472°W / 41.8847667; -87.6291472Coordinates: 41°53′5.16″N 87°37′44.93″W / 41.8847667°N 87.6291472°W / 41.8847667; -87.6291472
Built 1872
Architect Wheelock & Thomasç
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP reference # 74000749 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 18, 1974
Designated CL November 23, 1983

The Delaware Building is a building in the Chicago Loop built in the massive rebuilding effort after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. It is significant for being one of the few buildings to maintain its 1870's character, as an Italianate structure, in an area dominated by more modern structures.[2] The building is also notable for its early use of a precast concrete façade. The building was designated a Chicago Landmark on November 23, 1983 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 18, 1974.[3]

As built, the building had five floors with a basement. The first two stories were primarily metal and glass to provide storefront windows for displays. In 1889, two additional floors were added, and three bays were removed from the Randolph Avenue façade.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: Delaware Building" (PDF). 1973. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
  3. ^ "Chicago Landmarks - Delaware Building". 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
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