Goldblatt’s Office Building
Public Building Commision of Chicago
Holabird & Root
This project was part of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s “Neighborhoods Alive” program. Vacant and neglected for years, the Goldblatt’s building was spared from demolition and awarded Landmarks status. The Goldblatt’s department store was a collection of four different but interconnected buildings built 75 to 85 years ago. The buildings were carefully gutted while retaining many of the original interior and exterior features necessary to maintain architectural integrity. Elements retained include the central staircase, columns, the building’s original terra cotta façade, large “Chicago windows” and the water tower. To enhance building efficiency and bring the building to modern standards new systems were installed; these included elevators, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, communications, plumbing, drainage and fire-protection.