Monday, November 7, 2011

Lincoln Park [Reebie Storage Warehouse]

Address: 2325-33 N.Clark St.
Year Built: 1921 - 1922
Architect: George S. Kingsley
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 1, 1999..

Chicago Landmark..
Reebie Storage Warehouse
George Kinsley, architect

Noted for its highly accurate use of ancient Egyptian imagery and hieroglyphics, this building represents one of the nation's best examples of pure academic-style Egyptian Revival commercial architecture. It was built by a storage and moving company founded by John and William Reebie, who are represented by the twin statues of Pharaoh Ramses II. The terra cotta ornament was crafted by sculptor Fritz Albert.
Designated on Sep 1, 1999.
Richard M. Daley, Mayor
Commission on Chicago Landmarks..

The building was built by a storage and moving company, founded by John and William Reebie. They are represented by the twin statues of Pharaoh Ramses II flanking the main entrance.

Below are some of the details of the thecolorful, terra cotta ornament on the exterior. It was crafted by sculptor Fritz Albert.

I am not sure if anyone can enter into the lobby. I certainly did not go inside the building. However, The Chicago Landmarks website informs..
The interior lobby includes art glass windows, decorative metalwork, lotus-leaf column capitals, and plaster reliefs depicting ancient Egyptians moving grain on barges..


adgorn said...

(FYI Reebie's company clever slogan was:"If old King Tut were alive today, he'd store his things the Reebie way.") This Egyptian architecture craze got a lot of impetus from the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922. For another example, head over to 3052 W. Carroll - the Egyptian Lacquer Manufacturing Company building. There's also a Egyptian facade on a taller apartment building on Pine Grove south of Grace.

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Sameen Butt said...

Very interesting! Thanks for all the photos and details.

Anonymous said...

Thank you..really informative!!

Duane Williams said...

That's some interesting facts you have there, adgorn! Well, it does make sense. Pyramids housed the royalty and stored their valuable belongings. A warehouse is definitely similar in a way - it's a place where valuable products are stored and protected too. It's some flashy advertising for a fairly basic but important service.

Matilda Nelson said...

Heh, even Indiana Jones would have no luck against a warehouse like that. It's certainly a fun theme to put in a warehouse. The place looks solid enough for storage.

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