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About Montauk Building
The Montauk Building - also often referred to as Montauk Block - was a high-rise building in Chicago, Illinois. Designed by John Wellborn Root Sr. and Daniel Burnham, it was built in 1882–1883, and was demolished in 1902. According to Thomas Talmadge, "What Chartres was to the Gothic cathedral, the Montauk Block was to the high commercial building". In his novel set at the World's Columbian Exposition, The Devil in the White City (2004), author [[Erik Larson] notes that the Montauk became the first building to be called a "skyscraper" (Larson 2003: 29). Other early high-rise buildings in the US, according to Scientific American, December 1997: the Equitable Building (1868-70), the Western Union Building (1872-75) and the Tribune Building (1873-75), all in New York City. A list of Chicago buildings at gives the following information about the Montauk building: "At 115 Monroe Street, has a frontage of 90 feet (27 m) and a depth of 180 feet (55 m). It is 130 feet (40 m) high, in 10 stories, of steel construction, on heavy foundations, with thick walls. It has 150 offices, 300 occupants, and 2 passenger elevators.