The Rookery in Chicago

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The Rookery is gorgeous to the point of absurdity, with delight to be found in details in the rustic lower walls and the triumphant upper walls. (Note the helpful street names carved in the corners.) Named for pigeons' habit of roosting in the then-new skyscrapers, this was the first Loop building to be granted preservation status in 1972. The lobby was remodeled in 1907 by ''enfant terrible'' Frank Lloyd Wright, adding his own touch to the interior.
Address: 209 S LaSalle St