Old Colony Building (Chicago)

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Old Colony Building (Chicago) is located in Chicago
Old Colony Building (Chicago)
Old Colony Building (Chicago) is located in Illinois
Old Colony Building (Chicago)
Old Colony Building (Chicago) is located in USA
Old Colony Building (Chicago)
Location Chicago, IL
Coordinates 41°52′35.78″N 87°37′44.34″W / 41.8766056°N 87.6289833°W / 41.8766056; -87.6289833Coordinates: 41°52′35.78″N 87°37′44.34″W / 41.8766056°N 87.6289833°W / 41.8766056; -87.6289833
Built 1893
Architect Holabird & Roche
Architectural style Chicago
NRHP Reference # 76000701 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 2, 1976
Designated CL July 7, 1978

The Old Colony Building is 17-story landmark building in the Chicago Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Designed by the architectural firm Holabird & Roche in 1893-94, it stands at approximately 215 feet and was the tallest building in Chicago at the time it was built.[2] The building was designated a Chicago Landmark on July 7, 1978.[3] It was the first tall building to use a system of internal portal arches as a means of bracing the structure against high winds.[4]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1] It is directly across the street to the west of the Harold Washington Library. The address of the Old Colony Building is 407 S. Dearborn Street and the GIS coordinates are +41.876657-87.629006.


  1. ^ a b Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "The Old Colony Building". Chief Engineers Association of Chicagoland. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Old Colony Building". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  4. ^ Schulze, Franz & Harrington, Kevin (2003). Chicago's Famous Buildings (5th ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 84. ISBN 0-226-74066-8.

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