In the 19th century, Chicago built the world’s first modern skyscraper. In the 20th century, we created a world-renowned skyline. And today, Chicago aspires to make that skyline the most efficient on the planet. – Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Columbia College Chicago - Ludington Building, 1104 Wabash Campus


1104 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60605


South Loop


Columbia College Chicago

Year Constructed



William LeBaron Jenney

Sq. Footage



8 stories

Building Description

1104 S. Wabash Avenue, built in 1891, is a City of Chicago Landmark (1996) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1980). Designed by William LeBaron Jenney, acknowledged as the inventor of the skyscraper for his fire-proofed metal skeleton-frame form of construction, the Ludington building represents his continuing experimentation as the first entirely terra cotta-clad skyscraper. The Ludington is also a rare survivor, one of only two extant loft buildings in Chicago built by Jenney.

Year Joined the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge

April 2014