PITTSFIELD
THE HISTORY
Built: 1927
Architects: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

The Pittsfield Building is one of Chicago's finest 1920s-era skyscrapers, build during the decade when the city's distinctive tower-pierced downtown skyline first began to take shape.  Designed by the preeminent Chicago architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, the Pittsfield Building reflects the influence of the city's 1923 zoning ordinance, which mandated skyscrapers with setbacks.  This 38-story professional office building exhibits the major characteristics of the firm's mature work-assurance of overall form, luxurious building materials, finely detailed Art Deco and Gothic Revival ornamentation that synthesizers traditional and "modern" decoration, and outstanding craftmanship.

The Pittsfield Building was hailed at its completion in 1927 as an architectural triumph, and it remains virtually unchanged from the that time.  Located at the southeast corner of busy Loop intersection of Washington Street and Wabash Avenue, it is still home to the same type of tenants-doctors, dentists, and jewelers-that it has served for 75 years.

The Pittsfield Building's trademark is its interior lobbies and atrium, called "one of the loveliest ever designed by the firm" by architectural historian Sally Chappell.  Five stories high and surrounded by balconies and shop windows on all sides, the great atrium space is embellished by glowing marbles, gleaming brasses, and carvings in Spanish Gothic Revival style. 
 

The Pittsfield's Five-Story Atrium

The Pittsfield Building's main entrance


The Pittsfield Building's proximity to the Marshall Field & Company department store and other retailers along State Street and Wabash Avenue led the building's original owner, The Estate of Marshall Field, to include a five-story atrium, richly detailed with marble and Spanish Gothic Revival ornament, that was intended for small shops. The atrium remains largely unaltered from its original appearance.

 

The building elevator lobby is richly ornamented with marble and bronze fittings, including elevator doors and mailbox, and a coffered ceiling.