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The Michigan Sqaure Building - lost but not forgotten

Image courtesy of the Chicago Art Deco Society




540 N. Michigan Ave

Location within the city: 

Downtown Chicago, the "Magnificent Mile," .2 mile walk from the Grand Red Line Station.


Demolished. Surviving art from the Diana Court can be viewed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The building spanned an entire block enclosed by E. Grand Ave, N. Rush St, E. Ohio St, and N. Michigan Ave (except for a frontage of 23 feet N. Rush St and E. Grand Ave).

Other locale information: 

The Michigan Square Building was built on a location where almost thirty structures stood prior to its construction. Most of these structures were two or three-story homes.

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Randall , F. A., & Randall, J. D. (1999). 

The History of Development of Building Construction in Chicago (2nd ed.). Urbana and Chicago: University Of Illinois Press.

Stamper, J. W. (1991). 

Chicago's North Michigan Avenue: Planning and Development, 1900-1930. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press.


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