Get to Know 333 N Michigan Avenue, Wirtz’ Historic Commercial Building
At the corner of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue sits 333 N Michigan Avenue, Wirtz Realty’s commercial high rise building. Below are some highlights from the building’s rich history.
Built in 1928, the Art Deco building was designed by Holabird & Root. Holabird & Root also designed Soldier Field, Palmer House, Palmolive Building and Wrigley Field’s 1937 hand-turned scoreboard and center field bleachers.
333 N Michigan Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service and designated a registered Chicago Landmark by the City of Chicago.
The initial cost of land and building was $9,000,000.
The unique shape of 333 N Michigan Ave is often noted. It is sixty feet wide by 200 feet long.
Near the top of 333 N Michigan Avenue are sentinel-like figures sculpted in stone that stare down at passers-by. There is also intricate metalwork that depict the Roman god Neptune.
The original Tavern Club counted Frank Lloyd Wright, Mayor Richard J. Daley, Carl Sandburg, and William Wrigley as members.
The original Tavern Club included an ice-skating rink on the 26th floor terrace.
The building’s recent multi-million dollar renovation brough The Tavern Club at 333, a new social space and event space on the fourth floor of 333 N Michigan Avenue.