Old Colony Building (Chicago)

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Old Colony Building (Chicago) is located in Illinois
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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