The Rookery: Beautiful Architecture
The Rookery is a historic landmark building in Chicago. Located at 209 South LaSalle Street in the Loop neighborhood, the building was erected by John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham in 1888. It was the location of the Burnham and Root offices and is considered to be one of the pair’s masterpieces of architectural design. It is 181 feet high, twelve stories tall, and is generally considered to be the oldest high rise still standing in Chicago. Its exterior load bearing walls and interior steel frame are considered to be one of the first examples of the blending of old and new high rise building techniques. The Rookery also has a strong association with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Before Wright came into the picture, however, remodeling the lobby of The Rookery in 1905, the building already had a fascinating history. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, being added in 1970, and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1975.