Chicago Landmarks

Cermak Road Bridge District

Thomson & Taylor Spice Co. Building, 500 W. Cermak. Photo by Heidi Sperry, CCL, 2003     Address: Cermak Road, predominantly between Grove and Jefferson Sts.
Year Built: 1901 - 1924
Architect: Various
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: April 26, 2006

W. M. Hoyt Company Building, 465 W. Cermak. Photo by Heidi Sperry, CCL, 2003 This small district is the finest intact, early 20th-century riverfront industrial precinct in Chicago. It is an especially significant ensemble of four large industrial buildings, clustered around the Cermak Road Bridge, which is the City's last-remaining double leaf Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge. The District commemorates the importance of the Chicago River in the economic development of the City and conveys how the interconnected river and rail network made Chicago a national center of commerce. Individually, the buildings are fine examples of early 20th-century industrial architecture, and collectively they represent an almost vanished aspect of Chicago's historical industrial streetscapes.