Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

What have we here? Have I uncovered another glorious Art Deco hotel bar? Nope, this is the unnecessarily glamorous Chicago Board of Trade building, designed by Holabird & Root and erected in 1930.

Located at 141 West Jackson Blvd., this is considered a textbook example of commercial Art Deco architecture and, until 1965, it was the tallest building in Chicago. Although the Chicago Board of Trade technically no longer exists, the CME Group, its successor, chose to keep the building’s historic name [factoids via found Chicago Architecture].

Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

The waterfall elements are grand, and the polished stone and metal surfaces make this is a very glamorous environment.

Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

All the rigidly geometric elements of the atrium reinforce a sense of verticality, as if the Board of Trade is a temple to money, which is maybe not far from how its inhabitants consider it:

Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

The geometric decorative elements are repeated at smaller scales on details such as vent grills and elevator doors:

Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

Chicago Board of Trade by Holabird & Root

Sidenote: Holabird & Root is the same firm that designed the nearby Monroe Building. The company has undergone several incarnations over the years but continues to exist.

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