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Life Span: 1872-TBD
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.
Robinson Map 1886
Volume 1, Plate 7