Located at 104 South Michigan Ave. in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Romanesque Monroe Building was designed by Holabird & Roche and built in 1912.
The 16-story building was completely renovated a couple of years ago, which took 4 years longer than its construction [fun fact found here]. Where possible, the original vendors and contractors were employed to restore and renovate their own work, as was the case with Chicago-based Holabird & Roche and Cincinnati’s own Rookwood Pottery, whose gorgeous tile graces the lobby.
Rookwood referenced vintage photographs to recreate missing pieces of the floor, walls and ceiling in one of its largest commercial installations in the US. The replacement tile is variegated and crackled to mimic the original parts of the lobby.
You can get a more comprehensive look at the lobby by checking out this virtual tour.
Where else can you see examples of architectural installations of Rookwood Pottery? In Detroit, the company’s work graces the lobby of the Guardian Building:
In NYC, Rookwood can be found inside Grand Central Terminal:
In downtown Cincinnati, check out the interior of Carew Tower:
The ice cream parlor at Cincinnati Union Terminal:
And the façade of the former Gidding-Jenny Department Store:
You can also tour the Rookwood HQ in Over-the-Rhine: