(originally the Marshall-Wells Hardware Company Warehouse No. 2)
Architect: Daniel H. Burnham &
Company (Chicago), 1910; renovated 2002
Restoration: Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects
This full-block, seven-story building was originally a warehouse for Marshall-Wells Hardware. The structure is interesting not only because of its pedigree, but because its posts and beams are angled diagonally from the walls, creating a unique structural system.
Much of this building's space was converted into over one hundred sixty residential loft condos in the early 21st century. Wisely, the water tower on top remains, while the middle of the structure was hollowed out from the third floor up for an atrium. This new space serves as a light court; its water fountain was made from the building's original package chute.
* Daniel Burnham (1846-1912) designed the first building named a "skyscraper," namely Chicago's Montauk Building (1881). His credits also include New York's famed Flatiron Building.
Assuming that you are on your way to the next building in this chapter, you'll be passing the Machine Works at 1123 NW 14th Avenue (2008, Group Mackenzie). With its modern concrete/metal/glass design, you'd be hard pressed to miss it. The nine-story building's exterior detailing has good variety, and its parking was put on the west side, facing the highway.