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Tucked deep in the financial district is a stunning example of one of America’s first commercial skyscrapers. Here, architects Daniel Burnham and John Root introduced innovations like elevators, metal framing, and the spiraling Oriel Staircase that opens dramatically into the light court. Erected in 1886, this eleven story structure is Chicago’s oldest-standing highrise.

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The Rookery Building Daniel Burnham + John Root

Tucked deep in the financial district is a stunning example of one of America’s first commercial skyscrapers. Here, architects Daniel Burnham and John Root introduced innovations like elevators, metal framing, and the spiraling Oriel Staircase that opens dramatically into the light court. Erected in 1886, this eleven story structure is Chicago’s oldest-standing highrise.