Chicago Landmarks

Manhattan Building

Dearborn St. elevation     Address: 431 S. Dearborn St.
Year Built: 1891
Architect: William LeBaron Jenney
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: July 7, 1978

View, circa 1892 The versatility and strength of metal frame construction made the skyscraper possible, as evidenced by this structure, which reached the then-astounding height of 16 stories in 1891. Its architect was a pioneer in the development of tall buildings. The distinctive bay windows provide maximum light to the building's interior spaces, while the combination of a granite (lower three floors) and brick facade (upper stories) help carry and lighten the load of the internal steel framework.