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“The Rookery Building, LaSalle St. Chicago Il”
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The Rookery
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Owner description: Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court remodeling by Frank Lloyd Wright.When completed in 1888, The Rookery was one of the most expensive and largest commercial buildings in Chicago, housing more than 600 offices. The building’s name was carried over from a nickname given to the structures that occupied The Rookery site prior to its design. These buildings, Chicago’s temporary city hall and a water tank, were known popularly as “the rookery” because of the many birds that nested there and the likelihood of being “rooked” by the politicians in residence.In 1898, when Frank Lloyd Wright opened his studio in Oak Park, he rented space in The Rookery Building to serve as his downtown Chicago office. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to update the interior design and plan of the light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment – one of his most dramatic interior compositions.Learn about the building’s fascinating history and the unique contribution of one of America’s greatest architects on the Preservation Trust’s guided tours Monday through Friday at noon.
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Ther Rookery Building was built in 1887, 16 years after the huge fire that destrpoyed Thousands of buildings, and F.L.Wright designed the patio in 1905, adding persan and mauresque details to his design. He introduced his famous "Prairie Style" to his conception.

Too bad one cannot access to the upper gallery. (for the tranquility of the offices above, I guess)
The visit is free, there is a Wright Shop where one can bring back some books of artifacts designed by the Master!

check my last Sphrcial panorama:


Thank Artkk
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Upon arriving to the building for the wedding, the doors were all locked-thank goodness it was raining before they let us all in! Security finally let us in but the building seems to always be locked.
My cousins got married and had reception in the open room that is in the picture here. The wedding was lovely and bride and bridal party came down stairs and that was nice. Then had to wait over 30 minutes for them to change the room from chairs for a wedding to table and chairs for the reception. They did serve some amazing Pomegranate champagne! But too many people basically in a hallway by the elevators to await the staff changing the room.
Food was ok for the wedding. Cousins had Jolie Images for photography & videotaping which were really great. Overall nice venue but only if you really like a smaller wedding in an architecturally rich building.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Rookery, a historical landmark built in 1886, was Chicago's first "skyscraper." Designed by Burnham & Root, their offices were on the top floor, where they then did design work for the Chicago World Fair.

The skylight in the building's center has ironwork related to the Eiffel Tower, and the Oriel Stair nearby is not to be missed.

3  Thank D R
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

During a day trip to the city this was at the top of my sight seeing list. Visited on a Sunday. The doors were unlocked and no signs posted that the building was closed. A large group was gathered in the lobby, which looked like a wedding of sorts. So our group quietly went to the side to go up the stairs and leave them alone. That is when a VERY RUDE security member informed us that the building is closed "cant you see?!" (Again...no signs)
We apologize and start to leave as she continues with rude remarks. Never again!

4  Thank HappyCamper03
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Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Closed for visitors :( Tried to check this amazing building, but i can't go inside, while has been closed for visitors. But building is amazing from outside too.

1  Thank Gergo H
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