Day 18: Chicago Board of Trade

Taken standing in the middle of LaSalle street, looking at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. The CBOT building was built in 1930 and was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1977, a National Historic Landmark in 1978 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in June 1978. Atop the building stands a three-story art deco statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture (particularly grain) holding a sheaf of wheat in her left hand and a bag of corn in her right.  Falling behind in the construction of this sculpture, the designer John H Storrs decided to skip adding a face onto her since he thought that no other buildings would ever be tall enough to notice… I guess he was wrong.

Until 1965 the CBOT building was the tallest building in Chicago, only to be  The building is known for its art deco architecture, sculptures and large-scale stone carving.  Because of this, the building is a popular sightseeing attraction and location for shooting movies.  The owners and management of the building have won awards for efforts to preserve it and for office management.

You are able to tour this building through the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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