The Platt Luggage Building

The Platt Luggage Building (HM1BHH)

Location: Chicago, IL 60616 Cook County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 51.174', W 87° 37.13'

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Formerly the Ginn & Company Publishers Building

— Howard Van Doren Shaw, architect —

The Platt Luggage Building, originally located at 2301 South Prairie Avenue, was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw for the publishing company originally owned by H. H. Forsythe. Howard Van Doren Shaw was one of the region's most successful and popular architects. The Platt Luggage Building is a wonderful example of the masonry craftsmanship prevalent at the turn of the 20th century. The building was designed in the classical Beaux Arts style with many elements of the building following the English Arts and Crafts style found in many of Shaw's buildings. The base supports three-story order round brick columns that lend a grand effect. It is capped by a wide entablature and printer's escutcheon at the center of the cornice.

The entire facade was mapped and cataloged during dismantlement, with ever brick and stone marked for removal and replacement. After the entire facade was dismantled and repaired, the stone and brick walls were reinstalled and attached to a structural steel support system. The original brick and stone components were rebuilt to match the original historical Platt Luggage facade. The facade stands as an example of masonry construction excellence of the past as well as the present.
Year Placed2004
Placed ByMetropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 448631 N 4633629
Decimal Degrees41.85290000, -87.61883333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 51.174', W 87° 37.13'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 51' 10.44" N, 87° 37' 7.80" W
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Area Code(s)312, 773, 630
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 175 Cermak Rd, Chicago IL 60616, US
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