Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building

The Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building, also known as the Reid Murdoch Building, the Reid Murdoch Center or the City of Chicago Central Office Building, is a seven-story office building in Chicago. It was constructed in 1914 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1][2] It also has been designated as a Chicago Landmark.[3] It is located at 325 North LaSalle Street in the River North neighborhood, alongside the Chicago River between LaSalle Street and Clark Street.

Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building
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As seen from the Chicago Riverwalk in 2021
General information
Architectural styleChicago school
Coordinates41°53′17″N 87°37′54″W / 41.8880°N 87.6318°W / 41.8880; -87.6318
Construction started1913
Governing bodyPrivate/Friedman Properties
Technical details
Floor count7
Design and construction
ArchitectGeorge C. Nimmons


The building was designed by George C. Nimmons for Reid, Murdoch & Company to be used as offices and a grocery warehouse.[4] It was used as a makeshift hospital on 24 July 1915 after the S.S. Eastland capsized in the Chicago River on the opposite shore, directly across from the building.[4] In 1930 the westernmost bay was demolished, due to the widening of LaSalle Street, and the façade lost its symmetry.[5] From 1955 the building was used by the City of Chicago, housing its traffic courts, the State Attorney's Office, and various city departments.[1] In 1998 it was redeveloped by Friedman Properties. The building currently houses the headquarters of Encyclopædia Britannica.

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  1. ^ a b "Reid Murdoch Building". Chicago: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  3. ^ "Reid, Murdoch & Co. Building". Chicago Landmarks. City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  4. ^ a b "Reid Murdoch Building". Archived from the original on 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  5. ^ Sinkevitch, Alice; Petersen, Laurie McGovern, eds. (2014). AIA Guide to Chicago (3rd ed.). American Institute of Architects. p. 83.