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Life Span: 1898-1931
Location: 120-22 W. Adams Street
Architect: Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge
EDISON building, 1898-1931, at 120-22 W. Adams street, with a frontage of 45 feet, was 5½ to 6½ stories in height. It was wrecked to make way for the Field Building. An Edison Co. power house formerly occupied this site.
The Edison Building, located at 139 Adams street, although of modest proportions , is notable as the financial, engineering, and operating headquarters and general public offices of the greatest electricity supply enterprise in the west, the Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago. This company’s great power houses at Fisk and Quarry streets and the Chicago river are the source of some 590,000,000 Kilowatt-hours of energy per year, equal to 666 2-3 millions of horsepower hours.
This vast amount of electricity is used for operating local surface and elevated railroads, and for industrial power, electric Ught. and electric heating and electro-chemical applications of a thousand varieties. The service extends through the systems of Wholesale customers. to Milwaukee on tho north, Elmhurst and Kankakee on the west and south, and into Indiana On the southwest. Through a private telephone system centering in the load dispatcher’s office in the Edison building, that official directs every switching operation of the entire system of generator and battery connections, substations, feeders, transmission lines, and public mains.
Detail of Entrance, Interior and Staircase of Edison Building
1922 Chicago Central Business and Office Guide
The Edison Building is 19 stories in height of the very best steel construction; interior finish is of mahogany and marble. The 15 elevators are of the latest type of one to one Electric Traction; thus making them the safest and smoothest running
elevators possible. They are mechanically started, and their travel is governed by an automatic recording machine, so that all floors of the building receive uniform and efficient
The Commonwealth Edison Company occupies several floors of the building. As an electrical building, it is equipped throughout with every electrical convenience, and facilities are arranged for the use by tenants of the many electrical office appliances, which are a necessity for the efficient operation of business.
The building is situated exactly in the centre of the loop in the main current of business movement, close to the banking and trade centres. It is in brief “The Building of Modern Commerce.”
December 15, 1915