Why is it called The Rookery?
This beautiful building is called the
Rookery because pigeons loved to roost on it.
Where is it located?
The magnificent Rookery building is
located at 209 South LaSalle Street.
Who designed it?
The original structure of the Rookery
was designed by Burnham
and the lobby was done by Frank
Lloyd Wright later.
When was it built?
The Rookery took from 1885 to 1888 to
build, but the lobby was remodeled from 1905 to
Why is it important?
The Rookery is important because it
was one of the first buildings nationwide to use a light
area in its center, which filled offices with sunlight.
It is also known for its ornaments, designed by Frank
Lloyd Wright, including grid work of the ceiling and
designs in iron and marble.
Why did the building attract
The building attracted birds because
the city's largest water tank was there, which drew
pigeons to roost on the tank.