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Powhatan Apartments

Powhatan Apartments
May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
General information
Location 4950 S. Chicago Beach Dr.
Chicago, Illinois
Construction started 1927
Completed 1929
Roof 270 feet (82 m)
Technical details
Floor count 22
Design and construction
Architect Charles Morgan
Designated: January 12, 1993

The Powhatan or Powhatan Apartments is a 22-story luxury Eliel Saarinen's second place design for the Tribune Tower competition of 1922.[3] The building's terra-cotta ornamental panels feature conventionalized scenes based upon Native American culture.

This housing cooperative is a residential high-rise on Chicago's South Side.[4] The building also hosts the only 24-hour elevator operators in Chicago.[4] Since it and many of the neighboring high-rise apartment buildings are named for Native American tribes (such as the Algonquin, The Chippewa and the Narragansett), the area has been given the tongue-in-cheek name "Indian Village".[5] It was designated a Chicago Landmark on January 12, 1993.[6]


  1. ^ Powhatan Apartments at Emporis
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  3. ^ a b Alice Sinkevitch, Laurie McGovern Petersen, ed. (2004). AIA Guide to Chicago (2 ed.). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 427.  
  4. ^ a b "The Powhatan". Emporis. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Indian Village, Chicago". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Powhatan Apartments". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 

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