|The Reliance Building (JWB, 2008)|
I’ve already written about Chicago’s Reliance building, an engineering marvel and a State Street beauty that almost ended up in a heap of terra cotta debris in the 1980’s. You can find the blog entries on the Reliance here and here.
I ran across a couple of illustrations in a Chicago Tribune piece on March 16, 1895 that dramatically show how quickly the building rose once the leases expired in the old four-story structure, the first home of the First National back of Chicago, on May 1 of 1895.
Check this out . . . here is the building just 77 days after work began on leveling the building, minus John Root’s first floor, that previously stood on the site.
And here is the building just 15 days later.
Now, T-H-A-T is getting after things in a hurry.