Life Span: 1857-1871
Location: NE corner Lake and Wabash
After the fire, the site of Burch’s Building (built in 1857), on the southwest corner of Lake and Wabash, was occupied from 1872 to 1899 by the Doane Block, also known as the Franklin MacVeagh & Company Building and the Grocers’ Block. MacVeagh had arrived in Chicago in 1866 and entered the wholesale grocery business before beginning a long career in banking, becoming one of the mainstays of Chicago civic life. He served as Secretary of the Treasury under President William Howard Taft.