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Chicago Stock Exchange Arch

In the 1960s and 70s, urban renewal reshaped downtown Chicago. In addition to its effects on the city’s demographics, these changes resulted in the destruction of a number of beloved buildings. One of the most famous examples was the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, designed by the architects Louis Henri Sullivan and Dankmar Adler.

The Chicago Stock Exchange was built in 1893, and was considered one of the finest commercial buildings in the world at the time. The 13-story structure was decorated with plate glass and steel accents that showed off Sullivan’s unique use of intricate geometric figures. The highlight of the building’s exterior was a massive terra cotta arch covered in ornate decorations.

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