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Chicago Varnish Company Building

Kinzie and Dearborn Streets elevation     Address: 33 W. Kinzie St.
Year Built: 1895
Architect: Henry Ives Cobb
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: July 25, 2001

Dearborn St. elevation Built as the headquarters of one of the leading varnish manufacturers in the United States, the Chicago Varnish Company Building is a rare Chicago example of Dutch Renaissance Revival-style architecture, marked by distinctive stepped gables and materials (red brick and light stone) of contrasting color. It was designed by Henry Ives Cobb, a nationally recognized architect whose other important works include the former Chicago Historical Society Building, the Newberry Library, and the original buildings for the University of Chicago campus.