• IdentificationPUBLIC "-//The Art Institute of Chicago::Ryerson and Burnham Archives//TEXT(US::ICA::1991.3::LONDON GUARANTEE AND ACCIDENT BUILDING COLLECTION, 1921-1990//EN)" "ica199103.xml"
  • TitleLondon Guarantee and Accident Building Collection, 1921-1990
  • PublisherRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Language
    • English
    • English.
  • Date1921-1990
  • Physical Description
    • .25 linear foot(1 box)
    • Printed papers, black and white photographs and photocopies.
  • RepositoryRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603-6110 (312) 443-7292 rbarchives@artic.edu http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
  • AbstractPapers relating to the design and operations of the London Guarantee and Accident Company building in Chicago designed by Alfred S. Alschuler.
  • OriginationLondon Guarantee and Accident Company
  • LocationThe collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

Begun in January 1922 and completed in 1923, the London Guarantee and Accident Company Building was constructed in Chicago at a cost of five million dollars. It stands at 360 N. Michigan Avenue, the original site of the frontier outpost of Fort Dearborn, now marking the southwest corner of the Michigan Avenue bridge over the Chicago River. The design of this twenty-one story skyscraper was significantly influenced by Greco-Roman motifs, and incorporated statues of Neptune and Ceres, Greek meander patterns, and Corinthian columns.

Alfred S. Alschuler (1876-1940), the building's architect, was a student at both the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago and The School of the Art Institute and designed a wide range of building types throughout his career, including public buildings, automobile showrooms, synagogues, theaters, and apartment buildings.

This collection includes four printed booklets containing copies of the building's original lease and a report on the state of the new building, providing valuable information on one of Chicago's 20th century architectural monuments. The collection also contains general information on both the building and its architect, Alfred S. Alschuler; a building brochure and several photographs.

Materials are arranged in chronological order, with undated items at the end of the inventory.

  • Subject
    • London Guarantee and Accident Building (Chicago, Ill.)
    • London Guarantee and Accident Building (Chicago, Ill.)--Pictorial works
    • London Guarantee and Accident--Buildings
    • London Guarantee and Accident--Archives
    • Skyscrapers--Illinois--Chicago--History--Sources
    • Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
  • NamesAlschuler, Alfred S. (Alfred Samuel), 1876-1940

Architectural drawings by are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture.

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London Guarantee and Accident Building collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

The majority of the London Guarantee and Accident Building collection was donated to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1991 by Sun Alliance Management Services. Additional materials were donated by Judith P. McBrien in September 2013.

The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2000. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003 and Rene Leyva in 2014.