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Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White


Ernest Graham (1866–1936) became the partner of prominent Chicago architect Daniel Burnham in 1900 and after Burnham's death in 1912 organized the successor firm of Ernest Graham and Associates (later Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White). Although most of the firm's work was in the Midwest they designed buildings from coast to coast. Graham's most important New York work is the Equitable Building (1913–15) on Broadway between Pine and Cedar Streets. 

Graham, Anderson, Probst & White was established in 1917 and the partners in the firm stayed together until 1970, when the firm was purchased by William Surman. Graham, Anderson, Probst & White established a reputation as one of the most prolific architectural firms in the United States.

This great architectural firm of the 1920s designed The Merchandise Mart for Marshall Field & Company and completed the building in 1931. This firm also designed the Chicago United States Post Office (completed in 1932) and the United States Mail Building in Chicago (1921). The United States Mail Building was the largest building in the world devoted exclusively to postal business and it imitated The Merchandise Mart both in its severe Art Deco Style and in its comprehensive city-within-a-city program. In 1986, Graham, Anderson, Probst & White arranged the project of cleaning and window replacement, roof repair and an upgrade of utility systems on The Mart.

With in the city of Chicago, Graham, Anderson, Probst & White also designed and built the Wrigley Building, the Field Building on LaSalle Street, the Civic Opera Building, the Crawford Avenue Generating Station, the Chicago District Electric Generating Co., the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Unions Headquarters, the National Bank Building (now American National Bank Building) on North Lasalle, the Foreman State National Bank Building, the Pittsfield Building (including courtyard), the Motorola Building in Shaumburg (a northwest suburb of Chicago), the Edens Plaza in Wilmette (designed only) and the Lake Point Tower on Lake Shore Drive.

Outside of the city of Chicago, Anderson, Probst & White designed The State Line Generating Station in Hammond, Indiana and the Equitable Building in New York City among others.

Robert E. Surman
Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Corp
601 West Randolph, Fifth Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60661
312-951-6500 extension 332
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