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New York Life Building

37 -43 S. LaSalle Street,


The “canyon” of buildings along LaSalle Street—terminating at the Board of Trade Building—is one of Chicago’s most memorable images. Among the features that helped establish this street during the late-19th century were its early steel-framed skyscrapers, designed by such architectural firms as Adler & Sullivan, Burnham and Root, and William LeBaron Jenney.


Only a few of those Chicago School-style buildings remain, including this 1893 structure, one of the city’s last surviving buildings designed by Jenney, the acknowledged “father of the skyscraper.” Adorned with classical details and a terra cotta façade, this 14-story building is prominently located and features a beautifully detailed office lobby. This building was recently sold and, although it has been proposed for Chicago Landmark status, its future remains uncertain.











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