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“Good for architect geeks” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Rookery

The Rookery
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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.
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“Good for architect geeks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Just let yourself in and be amazed by its architecture. Be sure to take the elevator to the top floor and look down at the staircase.

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“Fantastic building in the middle of the loop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

If you are visiting the loop, and especially if you like architecture, you should come here. From the outside it doesn't seem that special but the details inside are a unique look into the mind of FLW. Look at the ceiling and feel inspired.

Visited May 2013
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“Nice surprise while wandering in Chicago”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

We found The Rookery while wandering and now wish we'd been on an architectural tour to learn more about it. The lobby is beautiful and interesting, especially the juxtaposition of cast iron and marble. It was informative to read about the different architects who'd played a part in the construction (Burnham & Root) and renovation (F.L. Wright).

Visited September 2013
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“Living architectural history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

A beautiful and ground-breaking building. Take the Chicago Architectural Foundation tour that includes a visit to the Burnham library.

Visited August 2013
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“Frank Lloyd Wright Designed the Renovation of the Atrium”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

We bought the Universal Ticket from the FLW Foundation to get admission to both Robie House and The Rookery, which I'd never actually heard of. If you can schedule your tour on the correct day, you can also see the restored Burnham library upstairs. Tour guide took us up the stairs to the third floor, explaining how Wright had updated Burnham and Root's original design. Covered a lot of the exposed cast iron in marble. A later renovation added more marble but also exposed one side of one cast iron column ... pretty neat. Went across the street to learn more about the building including one theory that it's called The Rookery because of the crows (rooks) carved above the entrance doors ... some say they represent the elected officials of the day 'crowing' at each other. Funny. A don't miss attraction in Chicago, especially for a Wright fan.

Visited August 2013
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