Santa Fe Center

(Railway Exchange Building)

  • Commercial
  • Terra Cotta Façade Rehabilitation
  • 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • Originally Built in 1904

The Santa Fe Center, which was built in 1904 as the Railway Exchange Building by D.H. Burnham & Co., is a 17-story building clad in glazed white terra cotta. Central Building & Preservation worked closely with structural engineers and devised a cost-effective structural system for the terra cotta at the corners of the building. Additionally, the terra cotta facades were restored on the Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard elevations. The Santa Fe Center now stands as a gleaming example of a successful masonry restoration on the notable “street wall” of Michigan Avenue.