Chicago Landmarks

Old Chicago Coast Guard Station

Overall     Address: Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Chicago River
Year Built: 1936
Architect: Civil Engineers Office, United States Coast Guard
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: December 12, 2007

South elevation This wood shingle-clad building was built to replace a previous water-safety station manned by the United States Coast Guard. A vernacular design with a simple overall form and detailing, it reflects the influence of traditional Coast Guard architecture, the Shingle architectural style, and 20th-century "Cape Cod" buildings built in the Colonial Revival style. The building exemplifies the long maritime history of Chicago as a major center of Great Lakes commercial shipping and recreational boating.

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