Architectural Terracotta tells the story of Chicago's past
Neighborhood apartments, commercial buildings and even some downtown office structures have glazed Terracotta panel—one of the most prominent features of turn-of-the-century Chicago architecture.
Passing by the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue, the Reliance Building on State Street or those white corner-lot buildings at the intersection of Lincoln, Halsted and Fullerton in Lincoln Park, you’ve probably wondered about their luster.
Their terracotta facades are largely intact, even after 100 years.
While wildly different in scale, each building is striking in its architectural sumptuousness.
They're part of what makes Chicago one of the best cities for architecture, with details that are rarely executed today, including Terracotta exteriors facades.