Chicago Landmarks

Vassar Swiss Underwear Company Building

Overall     Address: 2543-45 W. Diversey St.
Year Built: 1913-14; Addition, 1923-24
Architect: Hallberg, Lawrence G., & Co.
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: July 30, 2008

This industrial building was constructed to house a leading Chicago manufacturer of union suits and other men┐s and women┐s underwear and exemplifies the importance of industry and manufacturing in the history of Chicago. It was built in two stages and is a fine example of a concrete-frame loft manufacturing building. The building┐s distinctive tower, designed to hide a water tank, is a visual landmark to the surrounding neighborhood and thousands of daily commuters on the adjacent Kennedy Expressway and Metra rail line.

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