This 12-story steel-framed structure was designed by Benjamin Marshall and built in 1912. The primary elevations (north and east facades which face North Blvd. and N. State Parkway) are clad in terra cotta with a polished pink-gray granite base and projecting cornice. Projecting balconies exist at the middle three tiers of the east elevation and center tier of the north elevation. Juliet balconies exist at the other tiers of the north elevation. There are decorative urns and fiberglass “shrubs” at the parapet above the cornice.

1550 North State has a projecting “porte cochere” wing known as the “Orangerie,” located at the northwest corner, which is also clad with terra cotta. The south and west façades consist of brick cladding with terra cotta window sills and lintels. There is an indented light well in the center of the south facade. The three-story annex building is located at the southwest corner of the main building. The Annex is a concrete-framed structural system with a fire escape on the south elevation.

Professional Services

Klein & Hoffman completed an investigation of the facade conditions that aided in preparing a report that included repair recommendations and cost estimates. It was followed up by the preparation of repair documents and specifications. We are currently completing construction administration services during construction. We worked with 1550 N. State Association’s Board to develop a reasonable budget for repairs and phased repair program to minimize disruption of owners.

1550 N. State Parkway
Chicago, Illinois

Facade Repair
Historic Preservation
High Rise

07/2015 -

12 Floors

Todd Gorrell, Principal