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Bryan Block II
Life Span: 1873-1905
Location: NW Corner of W Monroe and S LaSalle Streets
Architect: F. & E. Baumann
The Merchants and Manufacturers of Chicago Illustrated
The second Bryan Block, designed by architects F. & E. Baumann, was built shortly after the fire and was among the first new projects to be cited as proof of the revival of Chicago. Fronts 190 feet on LaSalle street and 50 feet on Monroe., on the northwest corner. It is 55 feet high with 4 stories and a basement. It was a stone front of 1873, containing 6 stores, 95 offices, and one elevator, and was devoted principally to real estate and insurance.
As the signs on the Bryan Block indicate, its primary tenants were the real estate and insurance agents who were helping turn this part of downtown into its major financial district, especially once the Board of Trade constructed its headquarters two blocks to the south in the mid-1880s. Since 1905 the site of the Bryan Block has been occupied by the Northern Trust banking firm.
Chicago Tribune, December 8, 1872
The Manufacturers’ National, before the fire at the corner of Washington and Dearborn streets, was at No. 454 Wabash avenue while waiting for its present office in Bryan Block, at the southwest corner of LaSalle and Monroe streets. The rent is $5,000 per annum.
Lazarus Silverman’s Bank, formerly at the corner of LaSalle and Randolph streets, moved after the fire to No. %62 Wabash avenue, and is now in Bryan Block, Nos. 164 and 166 LaSalle street. There are two double offices for which $2,250 a year is paid.
The National Bank of Illinois is also in Bryan Block, at No. 160 LaSalle street. This institution was before the fire on Washington street, between Clark and Dearborn, and removed temporarily to 14 West Randolph street and No.703 Michigan avenue. The present location will be permitted. The rent is $3,500 a year.
Robinson Map 1886
Volume 1, Plate 7