Printer’s Row is a neighborhood that was once full of printing and publishing companies. The majority of the buildings have now been converted into lofts.
Most of the interesting buildings lie along Dearborn Street. Among them are the Pontiac Building, the New Franklin Building, and the M.A. Donohue Building.
The Pontiac Building was built in 1891 by Holabird and Roche. It’s the oldest surviving building in downtown Chicago built by the firm. It stands 14 stories high and was built with a steel frame covered in brick.
The New Franklin Building was built in 1916 for the Franklin Printing Company. It housed printing presses until 1983. Its terra cotta tiles are the main design feature.
The M. A. Donohue Building was occupied by publisher M. A. Donohue and Co. It was built in 1883. The company published children’s books from the building until the 1960s.
And the very end of Dearborn Street in Printer’s Row is Dearborn Station. This former railway station built in 1885 was in use until 1970. It once served 17,000 passengers a day but is now a quiet office building.