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

Hotel Burnham-Reliance Building


One West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602




CW Capital Asset Management

Property manager

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Year Constructed



John Wellborn Root (original plans drawn) redesigned by Charles B. Atwood of D.H. Burnham & CO; restoration in 1999 by Antunovich & Associate

Sq. Footage


Building Description

Originally an office building, renowned architecture firm Burnham & Root began construction on the 15-story Reliance Building in 1890. Its radical steel and glass design set the precedent for the modern day skyscraper, ushering in a new era in architectural design that has since shaped the skylines of cities around the globe. The Reliance Building was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1970, and became a city Landmark in July 11, 1975.

Year Joined the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge

March 2013