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Haskell, Barker, and Atwater Buildings




These three buildings (Haskell and Barker, 1875; Atwater, 1877) are among the oldest structures in downtown Chicago, dating to the period following the Fire of 1871. Two buildings feature “modernizations” designed by famed architect Louis Sullivan (1896) and elaborate masonry cornices. After being further altered in 1927, the facades subsequently deteriorated or, in the case of the Atwater cornice, were removed. The ornamentation of the Barker building had over 20 layers of paint by 2007. The owner, Joseph Freed and Associates, LLC, decided in 2007 to restore all three buildings to their 19th-century appearance, which required not only uncovering portions of the Sullivan facades, but also reconstructing the Atwater cornice and other elements. Using historic photographs and analysis, the cast iron storefront was restored including the discovery of a previously-undocumented 1903 Sullivan façade.


Photo credits: Courtesy of Joseph Freed and Associates and Harboe Architects






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