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Insurance Exchange Building

175 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago IL United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1911
  Finished1928
Floor Count21
Floor Area139,353 m²
Building Uses
 - office
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - neo-classical
Materials
 - steel
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire308 ft
Roof299 ft

Description
Architect: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

- At one time this was home to more insurance companies than any other building in the world.
- The 22-story structure was built to accomodate a tower of 20 additional stories on top.
- Constructed in 2 phases sixteen years apart. The north half was completed in 1912, and the south half in 1928.
- The peak of the north skylight is the highest point on the building, three feet higher than the south skylight.
- Before the south half was built, the entire first floor space was occupied by a consolidated railroad ticket office.
- The steel skylights over the light courts were lifted into position by helicopter.
- The recent $80 million renovation upgraded this building from Class C office space to Class A.
- The floorplates are 68,000 ft² each.
- Renovated from 1999 - 2001 by Lucien Lagrange & Associates. The lobby and entrances were redesigned, the two light courts were capped by skylights, and the exterior brick and terra-cotta were cleaned.

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