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Fine Arts Building Annex

421 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
Andrew Rebori, architect, 1924


Significance: This narrow six-story building was built to house the heating plant to the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave. and to provide studio space for musicians and artists. Designed by noted architect Andrew Rebori, the building is identified as having “community significance (OR-rated) in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey. The lower floors are clad in verde antique marble while the upper levels are yellow-and-green terra cotta. Floors two through six of the facade feature a single Chicago window with a patterned cast iron spandrel and the fourth floor has an iron balconette. The building exemplifies Rebori’s ability to meet client needs while making a significant architectural statement.



Current Condition and/or Status: The owner of the Fine Arts Building installed a new boiler system in-house in 2007, discontinuing the need to link to the Annex. Roosevelt University purchased the building in the same year. Tenants have been relocated to the Fine Arts Building and the building is vacant.

Potential Threat: Roosevelt University is working with developer John Buck on development plans for the building site, as well as for the site to the north. Roosevelt has been informed by city officials that the Fine Arts Annex is significant and the building should be evaluated for re-use. However, the Roosevelt plan is a large-scale dormitory project and no plans have been publicly shown.

What You Can Do: Contact 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti and Roosevelt University to encourage the institution to preserve the building and include it in redevelopment plans of the site.

  • Alderman Fioretti, Office of the 2nd Ward, 429 South Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois 60605 (312-263-9273) (312-786-1736 fax)

  • President Chuck Middleton, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, cmiddleton@roosevelt.edu

Media Link: Channel 5: Bob Sirott’s One More Thing


Photos: Janine Wilkosz/Landmarks Illinois







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