September 14, 2021
Coming in at no. 74 in our Top 100 Projects countdown is 1932’s Chicago City Bank & Trust building, located at 815 West 63rd Street and Halsted.
This opulent building was designed as a result of the merger of Chicago City Bank & Trust with Guarantee Trust and Savings Bank as well as the United State Bank of Chicago.
The Chicago City Bank & Trust building still stands, now as a US Bank branch and, on October 8, 2008, the building was declared a landmark by the City of Chicago. The following is an architectural description of Chicago City Bank & Trust from the City’s landmark’s website:
“When it opened on February 22, 1932, this Art Deco-style bank building projected a stylish image on what was one of the busiest commercial districts in Chicago. The style was based on French design exhibited at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and further developed by American architects in the 1920s and 30s as a "modernistic" style. Characteristics of the Art Deco style include the building’s sleek limestone façade, geometric ornament, and stepped-back parapet. The grand banking hall features a 28-foot-tall ceiling, rich marble finishes and decorative bronze metalwork. The building is situated at W. 63rd and Halsted Streets, the commercial heart of the Englewood neighborhood which, during the 1920s, boasted the second busiest retail area in Chicago.”