I waited for almost two and a half hours just to get into the Jewellers’ Building during the second day of Open House Chicago. Open House Chicago is program that opensbuildings to the public to observe behind the scenes operations. This year, 150 buildings and neighborhoods opened their doors to the public.
The Jewellers Building is popular because of its history. When completed in 1927, it was the tallest skyscraper outside of New York City. It used to have an elevator that transported jewellers’ cars, so they don’t have to get out of the car or the deliver people don’t have to get out of cars when carrying jewels. Unfortunately, when the building was transformed into offices, that elevator was scuttled.
The building is famous for being the headquarters of Murphy/Jahn architects presided by Helmut Jahn, one of Chicago’s preeminent architects.
I didn’t hesitate at all to stay on the line and wait for 2 1/2 hours just to get to tour the offices … in 15 minutes.
These pictures were taken during the wait. I wasn’t the only one waiting and taking potshots of our surroundings.
This was the first stop of the 6 buildings that I visited today, the second day of the Open House Chicago.