Stories in Stone – Cutting Edge Passes for Classic

Cutting Edge Passes for Classic

New art deco looks as good as the old in Chicago Board of Trade Building renovation


Stories-in-Stone-Amici-thumbnailTrading still goes on in the 1930 landmark still known as the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building in downtown Chicago, though most trading is done electronically nowadays and the CBOT itself is now just another tenant there at 141 West Jackson Boulevard. The iconic example of American art deco designed by Chicago architectural firm of Holabird & Root has held onto its classic good looks, and certain other changes have been intentionally less visibly obvious. A Chicago Landmark, a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure that held the title of the city’s tallest skyscraper until 1965 is still crowned by its blank-faced three-story statue of the goddess of agriculture.

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