Printers Row Lofts

Printers Row ChicagoIn the late 70’s a few Chicago Real Estate developers and architects saw the potential for residential development of Printers Row lofts buildings. Proximity to the Loop, transportation, and the large windows that gave light to the printers in the early part of the century made for beautiful loft spaces in the last half of the century. Art Galleries, restaurants and even an urban mall at Dearborn Station opened in the area. Because of the vision of a few developers the architectural treasures of Printer’s Row were saved. (Gordon and Paulett, 2003)

Look below to find availability of an historic Printer’s Row loft.

711 S. Dearborn The Donohue Building LoftsThe Donohue Building
711 S. Dearborn
Chicago, Il 60605
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Folio Square Lofts 124 W. PolkFolio Square
124 W. Polk
Chicago, Il 60605
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720 S. DearbornThe Franklin Building LoftsFranklin Building
720 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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547 S. Clark Harrison Street LoftsHarrison Street Lofts
547 S. Clark
Chicago, Il 60605
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The Manhattan Building 431 S. DearbornThe Manhattan Building
431 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Market Square 161 W. Harrison LoftsMarket Square Lofts
161 W. Harrison
Chicago, Il 60605
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Paper Place Lofts 801 S. WellsPaper Place Lofts
801 S. Wells
Chicago, ll 60605
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523 S. Plymouth Peterson LoftsPeterson Lofts
523 S. Plymouth
Chicago, IL 60605
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633 S. Plymouth The Pope Building LoftsPope Building Lofts
633 S. Plymouth
Chicago, Il 60605
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732 S. Financial Place Printers Row LoftsPrinters Row Lofts
732 S. Financial Place
Chicago, IL 60605
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The Rowe Building 714 S. DearbornThe Rowe Building
714 S. Dearborn
Chicago, Il 60605
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600 S. Dearborn Transportation Building LoftsTransportation Building Lofts
600 S. Dearborn
Chicago, Il 60605
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To view any Lofts for sale in Printers Row Loft call Call/Text/Email The Hancock Group today at 312-296-9300

History of Printers Row

After the great Chicago Fire in 1870 the Printers Row district enjoyed the reputation as one of the most notorious vice districts in the nation. During the World’s Fair, books were published warning the tourists of this district, even supplying maps. The unintended effect of the warnings, were that they became guidebooks for those eager for more dangerous entertainment. In 1903 conditions became intolerable and the Mayor moved everyone out of the area. They did not leave, but went further south to 22nd and Wabash. It was at this time that the commercial printing houses and bookbinderies moved into this area. Some noteworthy printing companies of the era were, The Franklin Company and The Donahue Company, running full time to meet the needs for books, catalogues, business forms and advertisements.
Printers Row loft buildings were built to maximize floor space and large windows to provide an abundance light to the work areas. The businesses flourished for 60 years until the 1960’s. Then the industry began to change and the printing companies gradually abandoned Printers Row.

Reference
Gordon, R. and Paulett, J. (2003). Images of America Printers Row Chicago. Great Britian: Arcadia Publishing.