New York Life Building
37 -43 S. LaSalle
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.