The Chicago Department of Planning and Development’s Historic Preservation Division works with property owners, city departments, sister agencies, and the general public to promote the preservation of Chicago’s historic resources. The division researches and prepares landmark designation reports and reviews permit applications for work on proposed and designated landmarks.

It also administers the Demolition-Delay Ordinance, maintains the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, and promotes the preservation of historic buildings through incentives, preservation planning, public outreach, and technical assistance. The division staffs the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, which is responsible for recommending potential landmark designations to the City Council.

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The 42nd Ward is home to some of Chicago’s most famous and recognizable landmarks. Information about some notable landmarks can be found below. For a full list of designated landmarks in Chicago, please click here

Ransom R Cable House

25 E Erie St
Built: 1886
Architect: Cobb & Frost
Landmarked: 4/11/2007

Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge

N Branch Chgo River, S of Kinzie & E of Canal St
Built: 1907-08
Architect: Strauss Bascule & Concrete Bridge Co.
Landmarked: 12/12/2007

Veseman Building

444 N. LaSalle St.
Built: 1886,1930
Architect: Unknown; Geo. F. Lovdall, 1930 facade, 3rd fl addn
Landmarked: 12/12/2007

Old Chicago Coast Guard Station

250 North Breakwater Access
Built: 1936
Architect: Civil Engineers Office, US Coast Guard, Arch.
Landmarked: 12/12/2007

(Former) Engine Company 42 Firehouse

228 W Illinois St
Built: 1887
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: 12/12/2007

Continental And Commercial National Bank Building

208 South LaSalle St
Built: 1914
Architect: D. H Burnham & Co.; Graham Anderson Probst & White
Landmarked: 12/12/2007

Roanoke Building and Tower

11 S LaSalle St
Built: 1915,1922
Architect: Holabird-Roche; Rebori Wentworth Dewey McCormick
Landmarked: 12/12/2007

IBM Building

330 North Wabash Av
Built: 1969-72
Architect: L. Mies van der Rohe/ C.F. Murphy & Assoc. Engrs.
Landmarked: 2/6/2008

(Former) Cosmopolitan State Bank Building

801 N Clark St
Built: 1920
Architect: Schmidt, Garden & Martin
Landmarked: 10/8/2008

Village Theatre

1546-1550 N Clark St
Built: 1915-16
Architect: Adolph Woerner
Landmarked: 5/13/2009

300 West Adams Street Office Building

300 W Adams St
Built: 1927
Architect: Jens J. Jensen
Landmarked: 5/13/2009

Old Republic Building

307 N Michigan Av
Built: 1924
Architect: Karl M. Vitzthum & Co.
Landmarked: 12/8/2010

Germania Club Building

108 W. Germania Place / 1538-1542 N. Clark St.
Built: 1889
Architect: Addison and Fiedler
Landmarked: January 13, 2011

227 East Walton Place Apartment Building

227 East Walton Place
Built: 1956
Architect: Harry Weese
Landmarked: May 9, 2012

Wrigley Building

400-410 North Michigan Avenue
Built: 1921
Architect: Graham, Anderson, Probst and White
Landmarked: May 9, 2012

Chicago Motor Club Building

69 E. Wacker Place
Built: 1928
Architect: Holabird & Root
Landmarked: May 9, 2012

Continental Center

55 East Jackson Boulevard
Built: 1961-62
Architect: C.F. Murphy Associates
Landmarked: June 27, 2012

Steger Building

28 E. Jackson Blvd
Built: 1909-10
Architect: Marshall & Fox
Landmarked: June 13, 2013

Marina City (District)

300-340 N. State.; 301-351 N. Dearborn
Built: 1960-1967
Architect: Bertrand Goldberg Associates; Severud-Elstad-Krueger
Landmarked: 2/2/2016

Commercial National Bank Building

123 to 153 S. Clark, 60 to 80 W. Adams
Built: 1907
Architect: D. H. Burnham & Company
Landmarked: 6/22/2016

Quincy Elevated Station

220 S Wells St.
Built: 1895-97
Architect: John Alexander Low Waddell, Alfred M. Hedley
Landmarked: 11/21/2017

Chicago and North Western Railway Office Building

226 W. Jackson Blvd
Built: 1905
Architect: Frost and Granger
Landmarked: 5/20/2020

Near North Side Multiple Property District

15 individual buildings bounded by Chicago Ave, LaSalle Dr, Grand Ave, and Fairbanks Ct
Built: 1872-1923
Landmarked: 5/20/2020

Illinois Bell Building

225 W. Randolph Street
Built: 1966
Architect: Holabird & Root
Landmarked: 1/27/2021

850 North Lake Shore Drive
Built: 1927
Architect: Booth Hansen
(Orange-Rated) Adaptive Re-Use: 2014

1112-1118 N State Street
Architect: Rissman & Hirschfeld
(Orange-Rated) Down Zoned: 2013

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