The Fair Store
The Fair Department Store- State and Adams Street, Chicago

The Fair Department Store extends along the north side of Adams Street from State to Dearborn.

The largest of three  large structures designed and completed by William Le Baron Jenney in 1891, the year he formed a partnership with William B. Mundie.  In 1964, when The Chicago School of Architecture book was published, all three buildings were still standing.

Supported by wide-bayed steel and wrought iron frame,  the total cost of the building  was $3,000,000, with one and half years to complete.  It is eleven stories high with an area of 55,000 square feet. 

According to Marc Koronkiewicz <>, "Fair Department Store (actually Montgomery Wards when it was last open) was demolished in 1984-85.  It stood empty until 2000 because several development plans fell through.  The stores were moving to suburban malls at the time and the building stood empty for a long time."

Appears in this Rand McNally 1893 3-D map at the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago:

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Next Scene:  State street from Van Buren street to Water street-1910