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
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