Federal Building and Chicago Post Office by Henry Ives Cobb Built 1896 to 1905. Demolished in 1965

Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Image Credit: Lost Chicago by David Garrard Lowe Cover Art
Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Historic Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection, Chicago Architectural Photographing Co., Architecture Lantern Slide Collection
Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Historic Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection, Richard Nickel Archive
Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Historic Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection, Richard Nickel Archive
Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Historic Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection, Inland Architect
Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Perspective View of Dome Under Construction Circa 1902. Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Historic Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection, Architecture Lantern Slide Collection
Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Historic Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection, Inland Architect
Federal Building (Chicago, IL), Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, by Henry Ives Cobb. Built between 1896 and 1905. Demolished in 1965. Historic Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection, Inland Architect

Federal Building in Chicago
Architect: Henry Ives Cobb
Location: Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard
Built: Between 1896 and 1905
Demolished: 1965

“One of the most effective ways of making a city habitable is by the creation of a great enclosed public space. Among America’s supreme interiors was the 300-foot-high octagonal rotunda of Henry Ives Cobb’s Federal Building, completed in 1905. The rotunda, inspired by the monuments of Imperial Rome, was crowned by a done more than 100 feet in diameter, larger than that of the Capitol in Washington. More than $2 million was spent on its polished granite, its white and Siena marble, its mosaics and gilded bronze. At the center of the composition, Cobb placed a trompe-l’oeil oculus or eye where white clouds perpetually drifted across an azure sky. The unabashed expression of civic pride and Beaux Arts panache was destroyed in 1965-1966.” (Lost Chicago, David Lowe, page 214)

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