536 S. Clark / 101 W. Congress Federal Building

Exterior long-shot view of the northeast corner of the 536 S. Clark/101 W. Congress Federal Building536 S. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
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This century-old former Rand McNally printing house and globe factory, originally designed in 1912 by Chicago architects Holabird and Roche and acquired by the federal government in 1952, completed a $65 million renovation in 2006.  

The GSA project remodeled the building as the new Chicago home of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), creating an enclosed light court, modernized public reception areas, and a separate entrance on 101 W. Congress Parkway for DHS employees and visitors. In the latest (2015) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 77% of respondents indicated they were more than satisfied (rating of four or five on a five-point scale) with the building and GSA services.

Property Manager: Gina Carter

For more building information or service calls, contact the building's service desk using the information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Public Hours and Access The building is open to the public 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). Visitors must undergo security screening and present a valid identity card (such as a state driver's license or federal ID) before gaining access to the building.

Project Updates Recovery Act funding was used to remove the existing roofing, install new roof drains and piping, and replace the entire roofing system with water proofing, insulation, and insulated concrete. Construction began in April 2010 and was completed in December of that year. In summer 2014, new bollards and planters with sustainable plantings were installed along Clark Street, while new brick pavers were installed along Congress Parkway. 

Art in Architecture The building's commissioned artworks include: Low-angle view of La Tormenta sculpture

1) La Tormenta (The Storm, pictured at right), twin fiberglass/titanium sculptures by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, who modeled them after an actual 30-kilometer thundercloud that hit Illinois in 2002

2) Night Before Last/Chicago (below), Arturo Herrera's expansive mural of figural and abstract forms, including what some viewers interpret as well-known cartoon characters

Both artists became U.S. citizens in naturalization ceremonies in Chicago and earned art degrees at Chicago universities.

Interior medium shot of person viewing the mural Night Before Last/Chicago

History & Architectural Significance The 10-story building is an example of the Chicago School architectural style, with a steel frame superstructure, masonry exterior walls, and reinforced concrete slab roof and floor. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource in the South Loop Printing House Historic District of Chicago.

The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/536sclarkfb.

Last Reviewed 2016-01-11