January 11, 2022
Today’s Top 100 project feature signifies that we’ve officially entered the top 30 of our countdown.
Project no. 30 takes us back to January 1941 for the opening of the massive 500,000-square-foot office and grocery distribution center for Sprague Warner & Company in Chicago, Illinois. This facility, located at 501 N. Sacramento Boulevard, occupied an entire block between Franklin Boulevard and Chicago Avenue. The building featured a dramatic art deco tower clad in stone at the northeast corner of Franklin and Sacramento.
The office entrance was located in a one-story streamlined Art Moderne structure, featuring a red brick and stone façade that was located at the north end of the building.
The distribution portion of the building featured wood roof truss construction with dramatic skylights, providing amble natural light to the space as well as internal rail docks. This allowed for distribution of goods via trains.