Chicago Landmarks

Pittsfield Building

Washington St. elevation from grade     Address: 55 E. Washington St.
Year Built: 1927
Architect: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: August 31, 1977

Roof pyramid from distance Gothic window detail The 38-story Pittsfield Building is one of downtown Chicago's most distinctive skyscraper designs. The city's tallest building at the time of its completion, the building was designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, one of the city's most distinguished architectural firms during the 1910s and 20s.The building's handsome design, combining both Art Deco and Gothic detailing, is a creative response to the city's 1923 zoning ordinance which encouraged skyscrapers with setback towers. The interior of the building features an outstanding five-story atrium embellished by glowing marbles, gleaming brasses and carvings in a Spanish Gothic style.