S.113 – The Rookery Building remodeling,
209 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois
The building was originally designed by Burnham & Root. Its lobby was redesigned by Wright to cover the intricate ironwork and replace it with marble adorned in Persian-style gold trim. Further changes were made by William Drummond in 1931, but the current owners decided to restore the lobby to its condition when Wright’s work had been completed.
Wright once had an office in the building. The entire building is open during normal business hours (the lobby is open on Saturdays but not Sundays), and features some guided tours. Some of its architectural features are displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago and are pictured below.
Photographed on May 3, 2014 & November 10, 2013.
Lighting fixtures in main lobby
Lighting fixture in LaSalle Street entrance lobby – it is not a hanging fixture
Wright’s trim (left); cutaway (right) shows original design his renovation concealed
LaSALLE STREET ENTRANCE LOBBY:
November 2013 photos:
View from outside the doors on LaSalle Street
ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS DISPLAYED AT ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, photographed November 10, 2013:
Above & Below: elevator grille on display at Art Institute – just a couple blocks away from The Rookery