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+++William Holabird was born in Armenia Union, New York on September 11, 1851.  He spent his childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He attended West Point Military Academy for two years, resigning in 1875, when he left to marry Maria F. Augur.  William and Maria moved to Chicago.  Holabird's engineering experience qualified him for a job with Chicago architect William LeBaron Jenney where he met future partners Ossian Simonds and Martin Roche.

Martin Roche was born on August 1, 1853.  His family moved to Chicago in 1857.  He attended the Armour Institute.  He began his career as a cabinetmaker, but gained an apprenticeship with William LeBaron Jenney, where he met Martin Roche.

Holabird and Simonds partnered in 1880.  Roche joined the firm in 1881.  Simonds left in 1882 to pursue a career in landscape architecture

The partnership of Holabird and Roche has been compared to Burnham and Root.  Holabird, like Burnham was the businessman.  Roche, like Root was the artist and designer.

Holabird was a massive presence.  He was 6'-5" tall and peaked at 260 lbs.  Roche suffered from a curvature of the spine.  Holabird had six children.  Roche was a life long bachelor.  Despite their differences, their partnership was one of the most prolific in the country.  In 1910 they employed more than 100 draftsmen, creating some of Chicago's most important buildings. William Holabird died in Evanston on July 19, 1923. He was followed by Martin Roche on July 5, 1927. 

 

 

The Monadnock Addition
53 West Jackson Boulevard
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The Marquette Building
140 South Dearborn Street
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The Gage Building
30 South Michigan Avenue
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The Medinah Athletic Club
505 North Michigan Avenue
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The Chicago Building
7 West Madison Street
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The Rothschild Building
333 South State Street
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The Oliver Building
333 South State Street
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The University Club
70 East Monroe Street
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The Brooks Building
223 West Jackson Boulevard
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City Hall County Building
118 North Clark Street
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The Monroe Building
104 South Michigan Avenue
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The Otis Building
10 South LaSalle street
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The Lumber Exchange
11 South LaSalle street
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The Three Arts Club
1300 North Dearborn Street
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Chicago Women's Club
472 east eleventh street
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The Conrad Hilton
720 South Michigan Avenue
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Soldier Field
425 McFetridge Drive
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The Chicago Temple
77 West Washington Street
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The Congress Hotel
520 South Michigan Avenue
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17 EAST MONROE STREET
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37 South wabash Avenue
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836 South Michigan Ave
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223 W Jackson Street
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17 East Monroe Street
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