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Auditorium Building

50 East Congress Parkway
Chicago IL United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1887
  Finished1889
Floor Count17
Basement Floors2
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - conference
 - monument
 - office
 - theatre
 - university
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - romanesque

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof238 ft
Top floor223 ft

Description
• Architects: Danmark Adler & Louis Sullivan / Frank Lloyd Wright
• Architect (renovation): Harry Weese Associates
• Dimensions: 110 m × 57 m
• This is the oldest surviving highrise building in the city of Chicago, was the world's tallest highrise in 1889–1890.
• The building originally was topped by an observation turret that made the building 82.3 m (270 feet) in height.
• The building was built on soggy ground, and has since settled 2.5 feet causing sloping surfaces on the ground floor.
• Designed to be a multi purpose building was entirely built with stone, had a high-class hotel & areas for offices, the year of completion was modified to have new services for the hotel like the personnel's dormitories and the dinner room (now secondary auditorium) those was built in some meters at the auditorium roof (with steel structure).

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