Located at 307 N. Michigan Avenue, the Old Republic Building was designed in a neo-classic style by the firm of Vitzhum & Burns and built on the site of the Jean Baptiste Beaubien homestead. Beaubien Court, which runs underground to the east, is named after this early settler. The building's site had to be shifted east before its construction when Michigan Avenue was widened. The developer planned to build a building only 12 feet wide, but he finally succeeded in buying the adjacent lot. This was the first high-rise in the area east of Michigan Avenue between the river and Grant Park, and when it was built, it enjoyed high visibility.
I wanted to process this in B & W, and when I first accidentally clicked on the negative option, I liked how it brought out the minute details of the facade and the reflection in the glass.
Photo captured April 28, 2010.
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