Sunday, February 22, 2009

East Lake Shore Drive District

East Lakeshore Drive District ..
Address: 140 E. Walton, 179-229 E. Lake Shore Dr., and 999 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Year Built: 1912-1929
Architect: Marshall & Fox; Fugard & Knapp
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: April 18, 1985..
All the eight buildings on east Lake Shore Drive were designated a Landmark District... Five of the eight buildings are designed by Benjamin H Marshall..

The Chicago Landmarks official website explains ..
The eight buildings, designed between 1912 and 1929 by the architectural firms of Marshall & Fox and Fugard & Knapp, epitomizes the city's luxury apartment boom of the early-20th century .. By creating a formal and harmonious streetscape, the designers helped establish the apartment building as an acceptable alternative to large townhouses or suburban estates.

The Drake..
Location: 140 E Walton Drive ..
Designed by Marshall and Fox ..
Completed: 1920 ..
The Drake Hotel was built by William Drake, who owned it until the Great Depression. It was designed in the Italian Renaissance style. At the time it was built, The Drake's 537 rooms were rivaled only by The Palmer Hotel .. The Drake boasts of an illustrious history of being a stopping place for the likes of Princess Diana, and Winston Churchill among others. The Drake was also the location of shooting for many films like "Mission: Impossible" and "My Best Friend's Wedding".

Drake Tower Apartment..
Location: 179 East Lake Shore Drive ..
Completed: 1929
Architect: Benjamin H Marshall..

189 East Lake Shore Drive..
Completed: 1924
Architect: Fugard & Knapp..

199 East Lake Shore Drive..
Completed: 1915
Architect: Marshall & Fox..

209 East Lake Shore Drive..
Completed: 1924
Architect: Marshall & Fox

219 East Lake Shore Drive..
Completed: 1922
Architect: Fugard & Knapp..

229 East Lake Shore Drive..
Completed: 1919
Architect: Fugard & Knapp..

999 North Lake Shore Drive
Architect: Marshall & Fox
Completed: 1912
This was the first building erected on this important block..

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