224 South Michigan Avenue — Santa Fe Center (Railway Exchange Building)

  • 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
  • Commercial
  • Built: 1904
  • Restored: 2006-2011
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The compressive forces within the terra cotta were a cause for concern at the busy intersection of Michigan Avenue and Jackson Street.

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The dismantled terra cotta revealed under-lying steel, which the window head pieces are suspended from.

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Three terra cotta corners were completely rebuilt, including new brick back-up masonry, rehabilitation of the under-lying steel column and the installation of a new uni-strut anchoring system to hold the new terra cotta in place.

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