"DePaul Center - 333 S. State Street (1912)" Top 5 Page for this destination Chicago Favorite Tip by yooperprof

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  the university of the Loop?
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Favorite thing: Important Chicago architectural firm Holabird & Roche designed this building originally as a Rothchild & Co. Department Store. Later, it was the familiar landmark of Goldblatt's, and still later it stood vacant for many years, a silent witness to the steady decline of South State Street as a shopping destination. For a while in the 1980s, the building was seriously considered as a location for the downtown branch of the Chicago Public Library - which however was established in a purpose-built structure (the Harold Washington Library) just south on State.

DePaul University has renovated the store as offices, classrooms, performing space, shops and restaurants. There's a convenient branch of Barnes & Noble on the ground floor. I think it's a good thing to see "new wine" in old buildings.

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  • Written Aug 29, 2007
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