The Marshall Fields Building Chicago Architecture

February 3, 2013

The Marshall Fields Building Chicago is a masterpiece that is one of a kind. From all the history to the cool stores that are now inside, take a look below at some amazing facts and pictures.

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Overall Structure

Although the building seems to be one complete building, its actually 5 separate ones blinded together seamlessly. The original building was burnt in the Chicago fire, so Fields occupied another building which also burnt down. Fields opened again in 1879, he them kept acquiring buildings until he took up the entire block. The lady that I talked to at what is now Macys told me that Fields hated cigars. As he was in an elevator with someone smoking he asked the man to stop, and the man refused. From that point on he decided to create a completely separate building across the street for the men’s department. The building is now occupied by Starbucks and offices.

Walnut Room

The walnut room opened in 1907 Marshall Field‘s targeted audience was woman. He believed that a woman should be treated like a lady. While shopping woman would have to go back to home for lunch. To keep woman shopping the Walnut room was created. Furthermore, women would stop there for tea and lunch; the room became a social center for woman to gather.

Credit to (Chicago-Architecture-Jyoti) for pictures of the beautiful building! Nice pictures! Check out her site!


Marshall Field’s Great Clocks

The first of the Marshall Field's great clocks and was installed at the corner of Washington and State Streets on November 26, 1897. It soon became Chicago's landmark. The Great Clock at State & Washington was first installed in 1897. It was replaced in 1907 with the one that we see today. The Great Clock at State & Randolph was installed in 1904. Each clock weighs over 7 tons. Because the northeast corner of State and Washington became a popular meeting place, people began leaving notes for one another on the Field's windows. To end this practice he installed a clock on the Building in 1897, this was the building that occupied the area previous to the Chicago fire.

great clocks


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marshall fields building chicagoPhotos by Jyoti Srivastava

Tiffany Ceiling Installed in 1907 Contains over 1.6 million pieces Took 50 workers a year and a half to build Before Marshall Fields was built Chicago was known for the stock yards, after the building of Marshall Field’s Chicago was known to be a metropolis civilian city. Overall Marshall Fields represented Chicago for the better. postcard-chicago-marshall-field-tiffany marshall fields building chicago Jyoti Srivastava

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JJ Sterling
As the co-founder of Urban Splatter and an architecture graduate from Chicago, I thrive on crafting a digital nexus where architectural innovation intersects with boundless digital opportunity. My academic roots in the Windy City's rich architectural tapestry inspire a unique vision for Urban Splatter's journey into the ever-evolving digital frontier of design. Join us as we navigate the exciting confluence of structure, style, and technology.

One comment on “The Marshall Fields Building Chicago Architecture”

  1. Dear Jyoti,

    We have credited your photos of the amazing Marshall Field's Building!
    They are great. Let us know if this credit is good enough.

    Urban Splatter

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