LaSalle Bank Building

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LaSalle Bank Building Soundex Code L240

a.k.a. Field Building

135 S. LaSalle Street

Architects: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

The building was designated a Chicago Landmark, Wednesday, February 9, 1994.

Height (tip): 535.01 ft

Height (architectural): 535.01 ft

Height (roof): 535.01 ft

Floors (above ground): 45

Construction start: 1931

Construction end: 1934

The world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, stood on the western part of this site and was demolished for this building.

The exterior has no ornamental embellishments, making its design uncharacteristically spare even for the Art Moderne style.

The centerpiece of the lobby is a brass elevator location indicator panel in the shape of the building.

Completed early in the Great Depression, this was the last office skyscraper built in Chicago until One Prudential Plaza in 1955.

The two-story lobby spans the block between Clark Street and LaSalle Street, and is crossed near the western end by a footbridge.

The top two floors hold the executive dining rooms for the bank, and feature a narrow terrace overlooking the central Loop to the east.

The building was originally named the Field Building after prominent Chicago retailer Marshall Field, whose estate developed the structure.

On the evening of Monday, December 6, 2004, the 29th floor of this building caught fire and burned for over five hours. There were no fatalities.