It remained the tallest building until 1922 when the Wrigley Building was built at 398 feet. (Chicagology2)
|Bird's Eye Veiw|
In 1929 a four-story tower was added to the admin building and the 22.5 foot bronze Spirit of Progress statue was moved from the Michigan Avenue building to top off the new tower. A new 28-story administration building was finished in 1972. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Center in New York.
The complex was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978. Montgomery Ward went bankrupt in 2001. The Catalog House has now been redeveloped as a mix-use building. The city contributed $28 million, most of which was used to build the river walk. 100,000 sq. ft. of the building exploits the riverfront as retail space. The 28-story admin building is now The Montgomery.
|Kenneth Swedroe posted|
Kenneth Swedroe the world's largest mail ordering operation.
|Kristin Robison posted|
600 W Chicago, the old Montgomery Ward building
|David M Laz posted|
That long building along the river? The old Montgomery Ward's warehouse!
|Glen Miller posted|
Special agent making his rounds at night at the South Water Street freight terminal of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago (1943) LOC
[I have to take a walk along Michigan. The building in the middle looks like the MW Tower, but the details are wrong. I think we are seeing the Mather Tower behind a building on Michigan.]