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Property Name Hyatt House Hotel
Reference Number 13000553
State Illinois
County Cook
Town Lincolnwood
Street Address 4500 West Touhy Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/31/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Community Planning and Development
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The Hyatt House Hotel in Lincolnwood, Illinois, meets National Register Criterion A local significance for Community Planning and Development as the first Midwest hotel built by Jay and Donald Pritzker's Hyatt Hotels Corporation and as one of the first high-end corporate hotels to locate in the northwest path of suburban expansion driven in large part by the growth and development of Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The hotel's success reflected the increasing decentralization of business and industry activity in the post-World War II era, catering to regional business, civic, and professional organizations in addition to airport travelers. Situated at the prominent intersection of Touhy and Lincoln avenues in Lincolnwood, a northwest Chicago suburb that developed largely after the construction of the Edens Expressway in 1951, the Hyatt House Hotel's amenities were also designed to serve the local community. The Hyatt House Hotel is also locally significant under National Register Criterion C for Architecture as one of the best examples of modern architectural expression in the village of Lincolnwood. The Hyatt House Hotel's bold modern architecture conveyed a level of sophistication that set it apart from the roadside motels along Lincoln Avenue that catered primarily to automobile tourists; at the same time, the building's unexpected purple brick cladding made it an eye-catching sight for passerby. The complex was the Pritzkers' first attempt at using modern architecture to distinguish the Hyatt brand. Although Hausner & Macsai's design for the Hyatt House Hotel was perhaps more restrained than the innovative atrium design that would become Hyatt's signature during the 1970s, the construction of a monumental modern hotel in Lincolnwood was an early indication of the Pritzkers' commitment to high-quality architectural design. The period of significance for the Hyatt House Hotel is 1961-1971, beginning at the date of construction of the first two buildings in the complex and ending at the date when Hyatt Regency O'Hare was completed in nearby Rosemont, which superseded the Hyatt House in Lincolnwood as the company's primary hotel on Chicago's northwest side.


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