Page Brothers Building

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Page Brothers Building
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Page Brothers Building is located in Illinois
Page Brothers Building
LocationChicago, IL
Coordinates41°53′7.78″N 87°37′38.88″W / 41.8854944°N 87.6274667°W / 41.8854944; -87.6274667Coordinates: 41°53′7.78″N 87°37′38.88″W / 41.8854944°N 87.6274667°W / 41.8854944; -87.6274667
ArchitectJohn M. Van Osdel, D.D. Badger
NRHP reference #75000649 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 5, 1975
Designated CLJanuary 28, 1983

The north facade facing Lake Street of the Page Brothers Building, 177-91 North State Street in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States, features the city's last remaining cast iron front. Although this example was built after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, iron facades were a common construction technique before the fire, and many of the iron fronts melted due to the intense heat.[2] The original 5 story structure was built by John Mills Van Osdel, a prominent post-Fire architect known for buildings in the Jewelers Row District and Old Main at the University of Arkansas. In 1902, the west facade facing State Street was remodeled and another floor was added, reflecting the reorientation of commercial activity from Lake to State Street.[3][4][5]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1975, and was later designated a Chicago Landmark on January 28, 1983.[1][3] The Page Brothers Building stands next to the Chicago Theatre, another Chicago Landmark whose marquee is a Chicago cultural and physical landmark that commonly appears in film, television, artwork, and photography.[6]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Building dates to post-Fire era". Chicago Sun Times. Chicago Sun Times. 2007-07-21.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Chicago Landmarks - Page Brothers Building". Chicago Landmarks. City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2007-07-21. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30.
  4. ^ "Commercial Buildings". The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago Historical Society. 2007-07-21.
  5. ^ "Page Brogthers Building". Emporis. 2007-07-21.
  6. ^ "Chicago Theatre". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007.