Pontiac Building

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Pontiac Building
Pontiac Blg S Dearborn Chicago.JPG
The Pontiac Building's Dearborn Street facade
Pontiac Building is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Pontiac Building
Pontiac Building is located in Illinois
Pontiac Building
Pontiac Building is located in the US
Pontiac Building
Location 542 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°52′29″N 87°37′44″W / 41.87472°N 87.62889°W / 41.87472; -87.62889Coordinates: 41°52′29″N 87°37′44″W / 41.87472°N 87.62889°W / 41.87472; -87.62889
Area less than one acre
Built 1891 (1891)
Architect Holabird & Roche
Architectural style Chicago
NRHP reference # 76000702[1]
Added to NRHP March 16, 1976

The Pontiac Building is a historic high-rise building located at 542 S. Dearborn St. in the Printer's Row neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1891, the building is the oldest surviving work in downtown Chicago designed by the architecture firm Holabird & Roche.[2] The fourteen-story building represents the Chicago school of architecture and is designed as a steel frame covered in brick. The building's Dearborn Street facade features three tiers of bay windows, while the facade on Federal Street features one tier of bay windows flanked by two tiers of flat windows; while the outer two tiers on both facades each span two bays, the middle tier spans only one. The bottoms of these tiers of windows, located at the second floor of the building, feature terra cotta soffits; the building's cornice is also terra cotta. The first two floors of the building feature limestone piers with decorative capitals.[3] Due to the building's architectural significance, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1976.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Schulze, Franz & Harrington, Kevin (2003). Chicago's Famous Buildings (5th ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 91. ISBN 0-226-74066-8.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Pontiac Building" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 17, 2013.