1984 demolition of frost and granger's chicago and northwestern railroad terminal

images of the chicago and northwestern railroad terminal (1911) before and during its demolition in 1984. the station was designed by architects frost and granger and built by the george a. fuller company. 


the non-extant beaux arts station's exterior was finished using indiana limestone quarried in bedford, indiana. the great room and/or other public spaces were furnished with terra cotta executed by the american terra cotta company. the walls were adorned with richly colored green grueby tiles made by the grueby tile company of boston. the ceiling consisted of light cream-colored self-supporting interlocking guastavino tiles.

sadly, any and all of the station's ornament was destroyed. the images below were taken in 1984 by john vinci, using his 500c hasselblad

 

in may of 2016, i stood across the street from frost & sumner's  public life insurance building, documenting its death in great detail. like the station destroyed in 1984, the insurance building (later known as plumber's hall), none of the ornament was salvaged. see link below for several images and information.

CHARLES FROST AND ALFRED GRANGER-DESIGNED BUILDINGS LOST AND FOUND

any and all indiana limestone iconic capitals were destroyed. here, the wrecker's clam-bucket plucks a single-sided stone capital from its fluted column.

 

in 2014, urban remains acquired several matching exterior cast iron corbels from the extant northwestern railroad office building. a set were later added to the bldg. 51 museum collection. 

SEVERAL FINELY EXECUTED ORNAMENTAL CAST IRON NORTHWESTERN RAILROAD OFFICE BUILDING (1904) CORBELS NOW AVAILABLE

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