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Heyworth Building

Madison St. elevation     Address: 29 E. Madison Street
Year Built: 1904
Architect: D. H. Burnham and Co.
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 27, 2000

Entry detail Detail This building was built by Otto Young, a wholesale jeweler and real estate investor. Named for Young's son-in-law, Lawrence Heyworth, who supervised the building's construction, the Heyworth historically housed jewelers, watchmakers, and related businesses. It is an unusual and innovative variation on Chicago School design, combining the structurally expressive character of the Chicago School with the decorative appearance of traditional masonry architecture. The building's tapestry-like ornament complements Louis Sullivan's lavish ornament on the adjacent Carson Pirie Scott department store. Its intact decorative cornice is a highly-crafted and rare building feature among Chicago commercial buildings. It was designed by Frederick P. Dinkelberg, an important architect working for one of the largest and most influential architectural firms in the United States in the early 1900s. Other buildings by Dinkelberg include the Railway Exchange Building in Chicago and New York's Flatiron Building. In addition, one of Chicago's finest historic storefronts, designed in 1917 for O'Connor & Goldberg Shoes, remains at 23 E. Madison St.