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New York Life Building

37 -43 S. LaSalle Street,


This 1893 building is one of the few surviving structures designed by William LeBaron Jenney, a pioneer of the skyscraper. This 14-story building is prominently located along the famed LaSalle Street canyon and features a beautifully-detailed marble lobby.


It was listed on LPCI’s Chicagoland Watch List in 2004. Although the building has been proposed for Chicago Landmark status, a new development scheme proposes to build a 50-story tower atop half of the building’s footprint. This would result in the destruction of half of the historic lobby and a large portion of Jenney’s original steel-frame structure.






  What Can I Do? Please urge the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to reject any proposed tower addition that does not preserve the entirety of the building’s historic L-shaped lobby, as well as the building’s structural integrity and setbacks. (The Commission’s address is 33 N. LaSalle, Room 1600, Chicago, IL 60602.) Please send a copy of this letter to the local alderman, Burton Natarus (42nd Ward), City Hall, Room 306, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.










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