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Fisher Building
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Chicago Landmark
The Chicago 'L' is sandwiched between the Fisher Building and the Old Colony Building
Fisher Building (Chicago) is located in Illinois
Location: Chicago
Coordinates: 41°52′37.28″N 87°37′44.01″W / 41.8770222°N 87.6288917°W / 41.8770222; -87.6288917Coordinates: 41°52′37.28″N 87°37′44.01″W / 41.8770222°N 87.6288917°W / 41.8770222; -87.6288917
Built/Founded: 1895-96
Architect: D.H. Burnham & Company; Atwood,Charles
Architectural style(s): Chicago
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: March 16, 1976
Designated CL: June 7, 1978
NRHP Reference#: 76000691 [1]
The entrance of the Fisher Building

The Fisher Building is 20-story, 275 foot tall neo-Gothic landmark building in the Chicago Loop community area of Chicago. Commissioned by paper magnate Lucius Fisher, the original building was completed in 1896 by D.H. Burnham & Company[2] with an addition latter added in 1907.[3]

It was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 7, 1978.[4] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1976.

Currently owned and managed by Village Green Management Company, the building houses apartments on floors 3-20 and commercial stores on the 1st and 2nd floors. At the time of its completion, the building was one of two buildings in Chicago that was 18 stories tall, the other being the Masonic Building. To this day, the Fisher Building is the oldest 18 story building in Chicago that has not been demolished. The Masonic Temple, while taller and older, was demolished in 1939.[5]

Design and Execution

Though a project of D.H. Burnham & Company, the original structure was designed by Charles Atwood. In 1906, an addition on the northern side of the building raised it from 18 to 20 stories. A former employee of the Burnham firm, Peter J. Weber, designed and oversaw the building's addition which was completed in 1907.


The Fisher Building features terra-cotta carvings of various aquatic creatures including fish and crabs. In addition, there are eagles, dragons and mythical creatures depicted on the facade as well.[6]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.  
  2. ^ "Fisher Building". 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  
  3. ^ Schaffer, Kristen (2003) (in English). Daniel H. Burnham: Visionary Architect and Planner. pp. 91. ISBN 0-8478-2533-7.  
  4. ^ "Fisher Building". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  
  5. ^ "Fisher Building". 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  
  6. ^ "Fisher Building". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  


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