Reliance Building

32 N. State St., Chicago, Illinois

Photos 

Reliance Building

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Cervin Robinson, Photographer August 1963 NORTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

An important example of the early Chicago School, it anticipates future developments in skyscraper design. Terra cotta was employed for exterior surfacing for the first time in this building. The Commission on Chicago Architectural Landmarks has cited it: "In recognition of the early and complete expression, through slender piers, small spandrels, and the skillfully restrained use of terra cotta with large areas of glass, of the structural cage of steel that alone supports such buildings." -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS IL-1029)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1970
Reference number
70000237
Architectural style
American Movement: Chicago
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Professional
Current function
Professional
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant years
1890; 1895