This five-story, 1,400-square-foot bridgehouse was designed by Edward Bennett. It's part of the revolutionary 1920 double-decker DuSable Bridge. The bridgehouse itself is crowned by an urn and a pyramidal roof above an emphatic cornice. The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is operated by Friends of the Chicago River and is dedicated to celebrating Chicago’s river and world-famous movable bridges.
Please note that the DuSable Bridge includes relief sculptures depicting Potawatomi men in violent conflict with U.S. soldiers during the Battle of Fort Dearborn. This sculpture was created by white artists in the early 20th century to romanticize a story of Indian displacement and genocide. Open House Chicago strives to call out practices of cultural appropriation both in an historical context and in our communities today.