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In consequence to the 1871 Great Fire that ravaged Chicago, a building boom has occurred in the city. One of the greatest examples of the era is the Rookery. Built in 1888, it stands 11 stories high and 181 feet tall.

Designed by the Burnham and Root architecture firm, the Rookery exemplifies the daring experimentation of the industry in those days. It has a combination of Moorish, Romanesque, Byzantine, and Venetian motifs, which some people find too messy while others find charming.

As for the Rookery?s name, it was to honor the site as it used to home the temporary City Hall building. The old structure became a home to many birds? nests.

The Rookery became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and the Chicago Landmark in 1972.
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