The Rookery Building is an iconic Chicago mixed use building in the Loop registered as a historic landmark. Originally built in 1888, designed by John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root, it is considered one of their masterpiece buildings, and was once the location of their offices. The building is 181 feet high, twelve stories tall, and is considered the oldest standing high-rise in Chicago. It has a unique style with exterior load-bearing walls and an interior steel frame, which provided a transition between accepted and new building techniques. The lobby (light court) was redesigned in 1905 by Frank Lloyd Wright, and since then has gone many changes.

Harbour was pleased to be a part of restoring this prestigious building back to the original visions of Burnham & Root / Frank Lloyd Wright. The Rookery is a unique enclave for businesses; it is the epicenter for Chicago’s Financial District. This architectural masterpiece is the predecessor for buildings that push the limits with state-of-the-art building systems and technology.


Burnham & Root 1888

Frank Lloyd Wright 1905


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