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Hotel LaSalle Garage

215 W. Washington St.,
Chicago

 

This five-story structure is believed to be the oldest surviving parking garage of its kind in the U.S. Hailed at its construction in 1918 as “America’s finest garage,” it was one of the first buildings to house parked vehicles in a location other than along crowded curbs, in converted horse stables, or on open lots.

 

The building’s dark brick and terra cotta exterior was designed by Holabird & Roche to blend with surrounding office buildings and ground-floor storefronts.

 

The garage’s long-term continued use appears unlikely, given current parking standards and the oversized nature of many of today’s vehicles. While older garages in other cities (i.e., Boston, Los Angeles) have been adapted or converted to other uses, the building’s owner opposes Chicago Landmark designation, which is currently being sought by the City.

 

 
 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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