American Book Company Historic Industrial Building

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This post features a few photographs of the Historic American Book Company Building Chicago – a preserved, reinvestment and rehabilitation building in Chicago’s South Loop located within McCormick Square’s new development. We first stumbled upon this beautiful restored vintage Chicago industrial building unexpectedly after parking and preparing for our client’s new construction project and architectural hotel building photo shoot at the Marriott Marquis Chicago located right next door.  The historic American Book Company building was beautifully illuminated by the sun and it couldn’t resist standing out and making its way into our shoot’s photo composition. The two buildings, standing side by side, presented a new vs vintage juxtaposition example of differing architecture. The new glass and metal construction, 40 story modern skyscraper tower of Marriott Marquis stands towering to the next door 5-story, brick and stone vintage contrasting historic renovated construction of the American Book Company Building.

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Before doing research, we predicted this salvaged building must be of historical significance, perhaps with a story to tell. Turns out it does and has been repurposed as a part of the Marriott Marquis hotel. This post showcases a few exterior photos we captured of the historic American Book Company building in Chicago. Photographs of the relic building’s exterior red brick and stone façade photos. Researching the history of American Book Company building, the property became a Chicago historical building landmark in 2009. Recently renovated, the 5-story industrial building has now become a part of the Marriott Marquis hotel set of properties. The 1912 built landmark, warehouse loft industrial American Book Company Building is a Chicago industrial property landmark with historical significance. According to a Crain Chicago Business’s article, the building built in 1912 originally served as the American Book Company’s Midwest warehouse and distribution center. Later, R.R. Donnelly and Sons Co. bought the property, where it printed Time magazine and Sears Holding Corporation’s catalogs. The Marriott hotel’s neighbor ABC Building is a five-story, historic industrial Midwest warehouse distribution vintage building. Former home and warehouse for the American Book Company.

The ABC Building, now a Chicago relic, stands today as an iconic vintage building standing amongst a grouping of modern skyscrapers, hotels and new developments within the McCormick Court development zone. The historic Landmark American Book Company building has been salvaged and plans are already in place for repurposing the vintage building.  It was during the planning and design building process for the New Community called McCormick Square, the entertainment district near McCormick place planned on incorporating a few existing properties, undergoing redevelopment, or new construction of buildings into the community.

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As a neighbor to new Marriott Marquis hotel, the 1912 built Amercian Book Company historic building stood vacant and in decay for a few years. Although eventually it was determined to preserve and save the building to be renovated, preserved, and set for restoration during the community development process… early on, preliminary concept plans were considering demolishing the historic building.  Original plans for the corner of Cermak and Prairie included a high-rise hotel on the 3.7 acre site with space for a future Casino in the South Loop. These early on development concepts, had no original mention of rehabilitation of the American Book Company building. The Preservation Chicago succeeding in preserving the American Book Company Building saving the building from demolition, opening a new chapter for the American Book Company property’s survival. Located near the redevelopment blocks and area by the McCormick Place Convention Center within the new McCormick Square development, the building has now been repurposed and salvaged.  A part of Chicago’s historical building & history has successfully been kept within the South Loop neighborhood.

The American Book Co. building is a South Loop Chicago landmark building. The brick loft warehouse structural with vintage skybridge walkway and industrial property incorporates today converted modernized room functions. Retail, restaurants, hotel meeting space, and back of the house rooms for the Chicago Marriott Marquis Hotel are within the American Book Company. The ABC building is located at 320-330 East Cermak Road next door to Marriott Marquis hotel, McCormick Place & Convention Center, Wintrust Area, Motor Row, Motor Row Brewery, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Hotel, and more in the new South Loop.

Miller + Miller, Chicago Architectural photographers photograph a variety of building styles.  Whether industrial, residential, commercial, new construction, modern, renovated vintage, or old historic properties in Chicago building photography, our capabilities and list of clientele is diverse.  Visit our Portfolio, About Us section, and Contact Us for a quote or to discuss your business’s property photography photo needs.


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If you impress your audience with great imagery, your are making a great first impression. Great first impressions draw the consumer in, often leading them to narrowing down their options quicker, and eventually lead to decision making and closed sales. When selling architecture or real estate, the first photo a potential buyer sees of a penthouse condo, luxury home or apartment, should be a strong representation of the community and the home.  Less-than-flattering pictures can turn buyers off and lead to lonely open houses.

We enjoy our loyal clients who come back to us for repeat interior and exterior photography projects.  One client mentioned after implementing their first home’s photos, a new home buyer and customer mentioned “upon first seeing this amazing photo, I knew I wanted to live in life in that photo and enjoy that lifestyle.”   Through the use of photography and building a company’s corporate image or company brand with photographs, developers, builders, marketing experts and more commonly say establishing a brand can create an impact on your audience.

As Chicago architectural photographers, we are capable of not only interior and exterior home photography such as the photographs previewed above, but we offer the option to provide photos beyond the single property or typical home photos.  Often we are commissioned to not only capture indoor and outdoor home photos of our client’s personal residence or the agent’s listed home, whether being a residential location such as a rooftop penthouse, loft, condominium, or luxury townhome or photos of a commercial property, photography of a new condo construction project in Chicago, multi unit suburban or downtown development, or investment property, but we are happy to also provide and offer an option to upgrade our services with extra architectural photography items such as aerial photography, environment architecture photographs, lifestyle photography, nearby location landmarks, travel and leisure photography.

For this project, we photographed a two bedroom, two bath luxury condo located  in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood in a high-rise tower within the One Museum Park West Tower IV development.  With it’s ideal and prime development location on Lake Michigan, this waterfront location overlooks Chicago’s Grant Park, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Solider Field Stadium, boats, yachts and Chicago Burnham Harbor.  We talked about how the One Museum Park West development offers homebuyers not only to buy an amazing property, but they are also buying a lifestyle and the nearby urban community which goes along with living in the South Loop neighborhood.  Our client decided to add on a day of Chicago architecture photographs which was beyond the real estate interior and exterior photography.  Our architecture focus was to capture lifestyle photos all within viewing distance of the penthouse condo’s balcony.  Locations included a few City landmarks viewed from the terrace such as Buckingham Fountain, pictures of the museums, Chicago yacht club, aerial photos of Soldier Field, and a full exterior skyscraper building photographs from Grant Park showcasing the properties proximity to the nearby Loop and business corridor.  This South Loop development is ideally located close for commuters into the Loop, with easy travel to downtown commercial and corporate buildings.  Within the Park West Tower IV building, we captured photos of the high-rise building’s pool and resident amenities.  The extra photographs beyond the real estate and luxury condo photography home tour pictures were a perfect compliment to help illustrate and sell a lifestyle photographically.

So whether your marketing a metropolitan landmark, looking to feature a destination or travel location through photography, or selling a property, while searching online real estate agents, sales and marketing departments, online listing services, and web designers all agree, great imagery provides to the seller or end user a great impression.  We look forward to your contact and please send us an email so we can learn more about your travel photography project, your future development either underway in construction or completed, or your luxury home or residence’s marketing photography needs.  We travel often, so our capabilities are not limited to the Northern Illinois metropolitan area.  We are available to travel to a number of destinations in urban regions, cities and towns around the U.S., and occasionally outside of the Nation for International projects.


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