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“Designing is not a profession but an attitude.” …..Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Schatz Building tenant, 1939. The Schatz Building is a 73,000 square foot, fully-restored loft building that is considered a landmark of Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. Located at the southwest corner of Ontario Street and Fairbanks Court, it is one of the few remaining loft buildings east of Michigan Avenue. The building was designed in 1917 by architects Benjamin Marshall & Charles Eli Fox as a bakery for the Horn & Hardart Automat Company. Marshall & Fox were best known for their hotels, including the Drake Hotel and Blackstone Hotel, and for designing theaters and luxury high-rise residences. As it nears its 100th anniversary, the Streeterville landmark is undergoing a major renovation under the guidance of architects Krueck + Sexton. Passersby are taking note of the new two-story mural at the 610 N. Fairbanks Court entrance that features a portrait of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a mid-century modernist celebrated for his contributions to design, architecture, photography, and sculpture. In 1939, Moholy-Nagy founded the School of Design in the Schatz Building. The School of Design featured the Bauhaus curriculum from Germany. It was later renamed the Institute of Design, and, in 1945, was incorporated into Illinois Institute of Technology. The mural is a reproduction in red tones of an untitled photograph taken by Moholy-Nagy’s then-wife, Lucia Moholy. Copyright credit to Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. The Schatz Companies office in the building, as do numerous tenants in creative fields.
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