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Santa Fe Building from Grant Park, 2004

 

 

 

Santa Fe Building from Grant Park, 2004

The Railway Exchange Building (now named the Santa Fe Building) opened in 1904 at 224 South Michigan Avenue. It is the central building in this view of Michigan Avenue from across the Illinois Central tracks in Grant Park, between the former Straus Building and the Borg-Warner Building. Burnham and Company not only had its offices on the fourteenth floor (the building has seventeen stories), but also Burnham had invested in the structure By zooming in on the northeast corner of the roof one can see the top of the "penthouse" Burnham had built as the space in which the Plan of Chicago was to be prepared. This was also where many visitors were brought to view the work-in-progress.