Chicago, Illinois, Elevators on the Chicago River, c1900

As the nexus between the Great Lakes� shipping channels and westward railroads, Chicago had become the nation�s grain capital by the end of the 19th century. The massive and monolithic grain elevators along the waterfront were effectively the first skyscrapers in the city�s skyline, and their simplistic, though highly efficient design would inspire many modern architects seeking to strip their designs of unnecessary ornamentation.


Chicago, Illinois, Elevators on the Chicago River, c1900

Historic Pictoric | Item# 101131__HPCHI

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