Shelter Building

Shelter Building (HMW8J)

Location: Chicago, IL 60611 Cook County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 53.487', W 87° 36.067'

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Serving as a connection between the Terminal Building to the west and the Recreation Building to the east, the Shelter Building was part of the original Pier construction of 1916. As such, it served the tens of thousands of city residents who would flock to the Pier each summer to picnic and to escape the heat of the city.

The building was also well named. While its northern and southern exposures were open to the elements, the roof structure provided valuable shelter from the summer sun and occasional afternoon cloudbursts. The Pier's original carousel was also housed on the building's north side.

An easily overlooked feature of this building is the "rooftop garden", as it was called in the 1920's. However, in the Pier's early days, it served much as Dock Street does today, as a gathering place complete with cafe tables, live music and refreshments. Today, this space (now referred to as Lakeview Terrace Rooftop) continues to be used, most often for special outdoor receptions.
HM NumberHMW8J
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 450132 N 4637898
Decimal Degrees41.89145000, -87.60111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 53.487', W 87° 36.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 53' 29.22" N, 87° 36' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)312, 773, 630
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 840 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611, US
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