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Life Span: 1868-1871
Location: SW corner of Washington and LaSalle Streets.
Union Building I
Photographer: Copelin and Melander
The Union National Bank occupied the corner of the first floor for a number of years, and it was during this time that W. F. Coolbaugh, its president, committed suicide at the foot of the Douglas monument. The Great Western Life Insurance Company, among others, also had headquarters in this building in 1868.
This structure is one of the most familiar in the city, because it is occupied in part as the central office of the Western Union Telegraph Company. Here are to be found the Atlas National Bank, the State Bank of Illinois (Felsenthal, Gross & Miller) and the International Bank—all reputable financial concerns. On the second floor are the offices of the Western Associated Press, from which news is distributed throughout the country. On the third, fourth and fifth floors are the general offices and operating rooms of the Western Union Telegraph Company. The headquarters of the Military Division of the Missouri were located on the fourth floor of this building for many years, and Gen. Phil Sheridan occupied the corner room of that story facing Washington and La Salle sts., from the completion of the building after the fire until his assumption of the generalship of the army.