Chicago Landmarks

Delaware Building

Randolph and Dearborn Streets elevation     Address: 36 W. Randolph St.
Year Built: 1872-1874; 1889, two-story addition and atrium
Architect: Julius H. Huber , Wheelock & Thomas
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 23, 1983

Window detail Interior Atrium, photo by Stephen Beal One of the few Loop structures surviving from the massive rebuilding that followed the Fire of 1871, this Italianate-style building features a cast-iron base topped with a precast concrete facade on its upper floors. An 1889 remodeling made it competitive with newer and larger commercial buildings by adding two floors, a dramatic steel-framed interior atrium, and redesigning the first two floors.