Address: 33 W. Kinzie St. Year Built:
Henry Ives Cobb
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark:
July 25, 2001
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.