CCP Holden 1872

Apparently, partially for sale. Surprised nothing has happened to this building all these years.


charles p. holden was a well-known chicago resident during the 1860's & 70's. he was deeply involved in real estate and/or development in and around the westside of chicago. this particular building was built shortly after the great chicago fire of 1871. as a consequence of the fire, this structure contains 8 seperate vaults w/ ornamental cast iron safe doors. that way, any valuable assets stashed away could be rescued if another conflaguration was to arise. in addition to the vaults, the first floor contained cast iron fluted columns w. corinthian capitals. the window and door casings were milled in a deep relief pine wood (typical of this period). interestingly, the load bearing columns on all of the upper floors were fashioned in the form of rounded wood columns w/ simple banding near the cap. the decorative stone facade will be rehabilitated during the building's conversion to other uses.


  • Bart Heird 7y

    It amazes me that Chicago lets so many of it's great buildings waste away. So goes capitalism, I spose.
  • Philip Bird 4y

    Hey, good news! The advertising agency I work for, Schafer Condon Carter, recently bought the building and are in the early stages of internal demolition. We will be moved in by November of this year! The space has been vacant for quite some time and desperately needs some love which we're all excited to give it! You can track the buildings progress from our site, We will be installing time-lapsing cameras to catch its development. Cheers.
  • Seth Anderson 4y

    Wow, that’s cool! Glad to hear the building will get a little attention, and not be destroyed.
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