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“Impressive architecture!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Rookery

The Rookery
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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers
Ranked #60 of 631 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court remodeling by Frank Lloyd Wright.When completed in 1888, The Rookery was one of the most expensive and largest commercial buildings in Chicago, housing more than 600 offices. The building’s name was carried over from a nickname given to the structures that occupied The Rookery site prior to its design. These buildings, Chicago’s temporary city hall and a water tank, were known popularly as “the rookery” because of the many birds that nested there and the likelihood of being “rooked” by the politicians in residence.In 1898, when Frank Lloyd Wright opened his studio in Oak Park, he rented space in The Rookery Building to serve as his downtown Chicago office. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to update the interior design and plan of the light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment – one of his most dramatic interior compositions.Learn about the building’s fascinating history and the unique contribution of one of America’s greatest architects on the Preservation Trust’s guided tours Monday through Friday at noon.
Fairfax, Virginia
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“Impressive architecture!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

The outside of this building is a gorgeous red-brown stone; inside boasts even more incredible architecture. The lobby is very unique and an attraction of itself; an elaborate marble staircase and winding, suspended iron staircase grace this naturally-lit area. If you go to LaSalle St, you need to swing in here!

Visited May 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“The lobby is great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

If you love architecture, the Rookery is a worthwhile stop. Daniel Burnham favorite architect designed the building and 2nd favorite Frank Lloyd Wright did some remodelling to the lobby so
for me it was a great place.

Visited April 2013
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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“Nice Space”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

We were impressed by the space and the architectural influence of Frank Lloyd Wright - however the space was being prepared for a Wedding, so much of it was blocked from public access. If interested in visiting, allow 15-20 minutes. No fee, just walk in.

Visited April 2013
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Buckeye in da Windy City
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“Interested in architecture? Do not miss this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Prepared to be be astonished as you enter this incrediable ebvironment! Do your homework and understand what you are viewing. I often drop in here just for inspiration.

Visited June 2012
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Beautiful. And free”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Well worth a quick stop. Gorgeous entry and stair case (both of them). First level is free and has a frank Lloyd wright store inside.

Visited March 2013
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