The canyon running from Wacker Drive to the Chicago Board of Trade Building has always offered an intriguing urban view. For a long time, I did not think the Chicago Board of Trade Building was centered on LaSalle Street, but when I took a daylight photograph of the building three years ago, I realized that it was centered. As you move closer to the building, the optics created by the other buildings become increasingly deceptive.
The building was completed in 1930. It was designed by Holabird & Root. Between 1930 and 1965, it was the tallest building in Chicago. Sitting atop the building is a statute of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, which was glowing red tonight. As is typical of many buildings from this era, the building is clad in Indiana limestone.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 16, 1978.
This particular photograph was taken with a technical camera, using a 120mm lens.