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900 North Michigan Avenue Building Collection, 1925-1938

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Finding Aid Published: 1996

900 North Michigan Avenue Building Collection, 1925-1938

Accession Number: 1986.4

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:900 North Michigan Avenue Building Collection, 1925-1938
EXTENT:.5 linear foot (2 boxes) and 1 oversize portfolio.
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Architectural drawings, specifications, and rental information for the 900 North Michigan Avenue Building, Chicago, Illinois, designed by architect Jarvis Hunt.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Sepia diazo, blackline and blueprint architectural reprographic prints on paper.
ORIGINATION: The origination of this collection is unknown at this time.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was donated to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives by Ward A. Miller in 1986.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
This small collection of plans, drawings, specifications and miscellaneous brochures documents the 900 North Michigan Avenue Building in Chicago. Designed by the Chicago architect Jarvis Hunt, the apartment building at 900 North Michigan Avenue was constructed in 1926. High-quality shops were located on the ground floor, with thirty-three rental apartments on the second and third floors. The remaining six floors were divided into thirty-six units for the owners of the cooperative apartment building. These apartments ranged in size from four to twelve rooms and some were duplexed. The U-shaped courtyard building was clad in stone on the lower levels and in brick on the upper levels. An effort to place the building on the Illinois Register of Historic Places failed in the early 1980s and demolition of the structure began in June, 1984. A new multi-use building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Perkins & Will was constructed on the site.

Jarvis Hunt, a nephew of Richard M. Hunt and William Morris Hunt, was born in Wethersfield, Vermont, in 1859 (or 1861?). After attending Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he came to Chicago as architect for the State of Vermont Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, which opened in Chicago in 1893. Establishing his practice in Chicago, Hunt designed the original complex of buildings for the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois; the Boulevard Building at 30 N. Michigan Avenue; the Lake Shore Athletic Club; several residences in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; and railroad terminals for Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California. Before his retirement in 1927 Hunt practiced in partnership with Charles Bohasseck, also a resident co-owner of the 900 North Michigan Avenue Building. Hunt died in St. Petersburg, Florida, on June 16, 1941.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The specifications, dated 1925, document the initial construction of the building. One group of plans, the final outline of apartments for floor 4-9, appears to be for the original occupants, dating to 1927. Two plans from 1938 record alterations made to the interior spaces.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
This collection is organized in one series, with leasing information about the building listed first, followed by architectural plans in chronological sequence. Construction specifications and specification addenda are listed in chronological sequence at the end of the series.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
900 North Michigan Avenue Building (Chicago, Ill.)--Design and construction--Archives
Hunt, Jarvis
Construction--Specifications--Illinois--Chicago--History--Sources
Chicago (Ill.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--History--Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated
OPOversize Portfolio

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
900 North Michigan Avenue Building Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1996. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

RENTAL AND LEASING DOCUMENTS:
Box.FF 1.1
Rental advertisement.
Leaflet.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.2
Map of upper Michigan Avenue.
One sepia diazo and two blueprints on paper. Prepared by leasing agent Ross, Browne & Fleming.
n.d. 3

ARCHITECTURAL RENTAL PLANS, ORIGINAL BUILDING:
Box.FF 1.3
First floor plan.
Photocopies.
10/15/1928, , rev. 02/15/1936 4
Box.FF 1.3
Mezzanine plan.
Photocopies.
10/15/1928 2
Box.FF 1.3
Fifth floor plan.
Photostats, with red ink annotations.
06/20/1928 10

ARCHITECTURAL WORKING DRAWINGS, ADDITION:
Box.FF 1.4
Fourth floor plan.
Photostat.
06/20/1938, , rev. 06/10/1941 1
Box.FF 1.4
Fifth floor plan.
Sepia diazo print on paper.
06/20/1938, , rev. 11/01/1941 1
Box.FF 1.5
Fourth floor apartment plan.
Photostat.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.5
Fifth floor apartment plan.
Sepia diazo print on paper.
n.d. 1

ARCHITECTURAL SPECIFICATIONS, ORIGINAL BUILDING:
Box.FF 1.6
General conditions and scope of contract.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Excavation and Foundation work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Structural Steel and Iron Work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
General Masonry.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Cut Stone Work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Structural Glass Work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Hollow Tile & Gypsum Block Partitions.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Sheet Metal Work & Fire Windows.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Roofing and Membrane Waterproofing.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.6
Prismatic Lights.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Fire escapes.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Miscellaneous and Ornamental Iron and Bronze.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Elevator and Hollow Metal Doors.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Revolving Doors.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Carpenter Work and Hardware.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Wall, Sound Deadening.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Ceiling, Sound Deadening.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Furring, Lathing and Plastering.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Marble Work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Terrazzo Work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Tile Work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Cork Floors.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Linoleum Tile Floors.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Slate Work.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.7
Painting.
12/02/1925 1
Box.FF 1.8
Addenda Specification #1 for Masonry Covering Floor Finishes.
05/14/1926 1
Box.FF 1.8
Addenda Specification #4, Covering Hollow Metal Doors & Frames.
06/23/1926 1
Box 2
Bound set of Specifications.
Blueprint on paper.
12/02/1925 1

RENTAL FLOOR PLANS:
OP 1.1
Fourth floor.
Blackline print on paper.
06/20/1927 1
OP 1.1
Fifth floor.
Blackline print on paper.
06/20/1927 1
OP 1.1
Sixth floor.
Blackline print on paper.
09/16/1927 1
OP 1.1
Seventh floor.
Blackline print on paper.
09/16/1927 1
OP 1.1
Eighth floor.
Blackline print on paper.
05/18/1927 1
OP 1.1
Ninth floor.
Blackline print on paper.
06/17/1927 1

ANNOTATED RENTAL FLOOR PLANS:
OP 1.2
Second floor plan.
Photostat with red notations.
08/05/1928 2
OP 1.3
Floor plan for Apt. #407, for Mr. Eames MacVeagh, owner; final layout of duplex apartment.
Photostat with red notations.
06/28/1927 1



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