Fisher Building (Chicago)

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Fisher Building
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The Chicago 'L' is sandwiched between the Fisher Building and the Old Colony Building
Fisher Building (Chicago) is located in Chicago Loop
Fisher Building (Chicago)
Location Chicago
Coordinates 41°52′37.28″N 87°37′44.01″W / 41.8770222°N 87.6288917°W / 41.8770222; -87.6288917Coordinates: 41°52′37.28″N 87°37′44.01″W / 41.8770222°N 87.6288917°W / 41.8770222; -87.6288917
Built 1895-96
Architect D.H. Burnham & Company; Atwood,Charles
Architectural style Chicago
NRHP Reference # 76000691 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 16, 1976
Designated CL June 7, 1978

The Fisher Building is 20-story, 275-foot-tall (84 m) neo-Gothic landmark building located at 343 South Dearborn Street in the Chicago Loop community area of Chicago. Commissioned by paper magnate Lucius Fisher, the original building was completed in 1896 by D.H. Burnham & Company[2] with an addition later added in 1907.[3]

The entrance to the building


At the time of its completion, the building was one of two buildings in Chicago that was 18 stories tall, the other being the Masonic Building. To this day, the Fisher Building is the oldest 18 story building in Chicago that has not been demolished. The Masonic Temple, while taller and older, was demolished in 1939.[2]

Though a project of D.H. Burnham & Company, the original structure was designed by Charles Atwood. In 1906, an addition on the northern side of the building raised it from 18 to 20 stories. A former employee of the Burnham firm, Peter J. Weber, designed and oversaw the building's addition which was completed in 1907.[4]

The Fisher Building features terra-cotta carvings of various aquatic creatures including fish and crabs. In addition, there are eagles, dragons and mythical creatures depicted on the facade as well.[5]

Currently owned and managed by Village Green Management Company, the building houses apartments on floors 3–20 and commercial stores on the first and second floors.

The Fisher Building was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 7, 1978,[5] and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1976.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Fisher Building". 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2007. 
  3. ^ Schaffer, Kristen (2003). Daniel H. Burnham: Visionary Architect and Planner. p. 91. ISBN 0-8478-2533-7. 
  4. ^ Sinkevitch, Alice; Petersen, Laurie McGovern (January 1, 2004). AIA Guide to Chicago. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 0156029081. 
  5. ^ a b "Fisher Building". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved May 7, 2007. 

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