WIN: AIA Chicago and Preservation Chicago Create “Early Chicago Skyscrapers” Video to Advance UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation Proposal

There is strong support to designate “Early Chicago Skyscrapers” as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A UNESCO World Heritage Site designation would further recognize the Chicago’s contributions to the built environment and to increase education regarding these architecturally significant structures. Other sites nominated include Civil Rights Sites, Native American Sites, The Statue of Liberty, and Central Park in New York City.

Preservation Chicago and AIA Chicago are honored to present this 5-minute video prepared for the US/ICOMOS 50th Anniversary Conference was held virtually on April 9th, 2022.
We were asked to create this video by the US/ICOMOS on behalf of the many Chicago-based preservation partners which organized the 2016-2017 effort to begin the lengthy process of establishing “Early Chicago Skyscrapers” as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The initial list of nine “Early Chicago Skyscrapers” were included due to their architectural significance and owners consent. Additional significant “Early Chicago Skyscrapers” would likely be added as this process advances.
The Auditorium Building & Theater
The Rookery Building
The Monadnock Building
The Ludington Building
The Second Leiter Building/Leiter II Building
The Old Colony Building
The Marquette Building
The Fisher Building
Schlesinger & Mayer/Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company Store

Watch the ‘Early Chicago Skyscrapers: a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site’ video (5:00 min)


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