The 18-story gothic-inspired Fisher Building (DH Burnham & Co, 1896, addition, 1906) is distinguished by its richly detailed golden terra cotta façade with fantastical depictions of sea life that allude to the name of the developer, Lucius Fisher. The high percentage of glass on the facade, groundbreaking at the time, foreshadows the amount of glass we have come to expect on modern skyscrapers. Originally an office building in the active Dearborn Street corridor, the building has undergone an extensive renovation in 2001 (including repair/replacement of 6,000 terra cotta pieces and 1,200 wood frame windows, as well as refurbished mosaic floor tiles and Carrara marble), and now offers elegant rental apartments and selected offices, including those of Wheeler Kearns Architects on the second floor - also open for OHC 2012!
Behind the Scenes Access: Visit a private residential floor that maintains the original look & feel of the former office, have an opportunity to see a model unit, and visit the architecture firm of Wheeler and Kearns.
Hours: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Architect: D.H. Burnham & Company