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When it opened in 1927, Burnham Brothers' Bankers Building was a prestige location. At 41 floors, it rose almost 200 feet above the great dome of Henry Ives Cobb's Federal Courthouse, just across the street. At 476 feet, it remains the tallest Chicago building to be clad entirely in brick.
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Federal Center to the East, the battered and bruised Bankers pulls itself up to its full height and feigns dignity even as it's attired in patches. Against the proud, often glistening towers of the flush Financial District, it's a memento mori nagging at the cityscape's leveraged bravura.