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Marshall Field and Company (Building) department store magnificence

The Marshall Field & Company flagship store on State Street was a social and cultural experience… “give the lady what she wants.” Occupying the entire city block, 1,339,000 square feet of firsts: first bridal registry, bargain basement, personal shopping and delivery service. Two great clocks on State Street: Norman Rockwell cover (1945) of Saturday Evening Post; “meet me under the clock.” Frango mints used to be produced on the upper floors of the store: Marshall Field purchased the secret recipe for “Franco” mint chocolates from Fredrick and Nelson Department Store; changed to Frango when Franco came to power in Spain.

Visit the 6-story rotunda (South State Street) with dome faced with Louis Comfort Tiffany mosaic: 6,000 SF, 1.6 million pieces; 12-story light well (North State Street).

Wabash/Washington Annex designed by Daniel Burnham & Charles Atwood in 1892; Main Store designed by D.H. Burnham and Company in 1902, 1906 and 1907. The (former) Men’s Store, 25 East Washington St, located across the street and was designed by Graham, Burnham and Company in 1914. Ignore the red star and the current occupant.


111 n state st
chicago il

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