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Life Span: 1891-1936
Location: 161-65 W. Washington
Architect: Burnham & Root
From Chicago and Its Resources Twenty Years After 1871-1891:
To the uninitiated the production of a great metropolitan daily seems attended with many mysteries, and until now little opportunity has been given the public to know just how such a newspaper is made. There is neither lock nor key to the door of the Chicago Herald‘s building; it is open day and night, and visitors are welcome always.
There is probably not another building, devoted to the publication of a newspaper, in the world, equaling it in magnificence, and certainly none other in which so much attention has been given to completeness of detail. Entering the imposing counting room, the visitor at once notices the fine Italian stone mosaic with which the floor is hand inlaid, the counter of black Belgian marble surmounted with black iron, hand wrought in graceful designs, and the sixteen columns of genuine Sienna marble; also the Italian marble wainscoting. They will be interested, too, in the working of the automatic tubes which convey advertising copy to the composing room, and news matter to the editorial floor. Passing the four long-distance telephones, entrance is had to the visitors’ gallery overlooking ten Titanic presses.
Next in point of interest is the composing room, to which the visitor ascends in either of the two great elevators framed in hand-wrought iron, and walled in from attic to basement with the finest Italian marble. The walls of the composing room are white enameled, and it is finished throughout in marble, iron and oak Even the type stands are of iron, with the monogram of The Herald wrought in gold, and there are cases for 180 men on straight composition to say nothing of those employed on advertising copy. Electric calls at each case connect with the copy box, in the front of which is a perforated peg rack, containing assorted slugs, numbered on both sides, and by which the copy cutter tells at a glance what and how many men are working on “time” copy. An aerial railway takes advertising copy from the copy box to the “ad” department, and from thence to the proof readers.
Electric call speaking tubes connect the principal departments of the buiiding. The foreman’s office is on an elevated platform, from which he can survey his entire force. Every compositor has a clothes locker, and the marble closets are unsurpassed in elegance by those of any hotel. Filtered ice water with a solid silver, gold-lineil drinking cup. a restaurant finished in marble and oak, reading tables and a library, are other provisions for the compositors. Four hundred electric lights illuminate this department, adjoining which is the stereotyping room, with its two-ton metal pot, improved molding, matrix-drying and matrix- trimming machines; a Turkish bath and a marble walled toilet room also. The editorial rooms occupy the fourth and fifth floors. An electric call on the desk of each reporter connects with the city editor’s desk, and electric call speaking tubes with the principals throughout the building.
The editorial rooms cluster around a commodious library, and in the telegraph room specially designed desks enclose typewriters and instruments for twelve operators. The art department contains a photo-engraving plant complete in every detail, run by electric motors.
The publisher of The Herald has probably the most luxurious offices in the world. Telegraphic instruments of sterling silver, for his especial use, connect with the wires operated by The United Press, and those used by The Herald; the electric call speaking tubes are of silver as also are the electric light fittings. The timbered ceilings, seven-foot wainscoting, and all the furnishings of his room are of solid mahogany, and the walls above the wainscoting are incrusted with matrices of The Herald. In the ante-room is a long-distance portable desk telephone, the most complete instrument of its kind ever made. As a souvenir each visitor receives a photogravure of the Medieval Herald which, cast in bronze, ornaments the facade of the building It cost several thousand dollars; and three large bas-reliefs, illustrating the progress of printing, add still further to the striking architecture of the building which is so conspicuous a landmark of Washington Street. Erected for the newspaper busincss, and not for tenants, it embodies the results of eleven years of popularity with the great newspaper-reading public of Chicago and the Northwest.
The building was later occupied by investment brokers, Andrews and Company.
Chicago Central Business and Office Guide 1922
(Formerly Chicago Herald Bldg.)
163 West Washington Street
Located just west of La Salle Street, near City Hall and County Building, and is convenient to all surface and elevated lines, Railroad Stations, Hotels, and both the financial and retail districts. In fact, is located in the very heart of the loop. The building was designed by Burnham & Root and recently remodeled under plans prepared by’ Charles S. Frost and R. W. Varney, and is now one of the most attractive and up-to~date office buildings within the financial district.
The first or Banking Floor is occupied by ANDREWS COMPANY, Investment Bankers. The balance of the building as offices for lawyers, brokers, real estate dealers, and some of the largest corporations of Chicago. Rent, considering location and class of building, is very desirable.
1928 Ross & Browne Map