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The Chicago Marine Safety Station [CMSS}, built in 1936, accommodates the Chicago Marine Police, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Coast Guard. It's architecture is especially noteworthy because it is an example of original Cape Cod architecture so seldom seen outside of New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces. This building was an abandoned Coast Guard station. After 9/11 it was reactivated and renovated in 2005. It now houses a high-tech computerized command center and the Joint Operations Conference room with video screen. The interior space that includes three dormers and a floating boat dock system provided by the Chicago Park District. The station also houses Chicago’s first geothermal system designed to decrease fuel consumption by making good use of water from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The Illinois Clean Energy Foundation provided the grant for the system. This building was known by many names throughout the years, including, Coast Guard Station Old Chicago, Coast Guard Lifeboat Station Old Chicago, Coast Guard Station Chicago, Chicago Police Marine Unit Headquarters and now after the completed revitalization, it's named Chicago Marine Safety Station.

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Comments (68)

Dida from Augsburg on June 27, 2013

Very nice building and composition, the red boats fit very well! Like



Martin Podt on June 27, 2013

Nice photo, I was also there ;)


Greetings, Martin

~Marlene~ on June 29, 2013

Dida... and... Martin...

Thank you both again for the very nice comments and the Likes. I appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Martin Beitz on June 30, 2013

Nice place. Like. Best wishes, Martin.

~Marlene~ on July 1, 2013

pistula1... and... Martin...

Thank you both for the nice comments. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

khoi tranduc on July 3, 2013

Very nice photo! Like & Ys!

birgitof on August 15, 2013

A very interesting and beautiful shot completed by yr perfect comment about the building! LIKE!

Warm regards, Birgit

~Marlene~ on August 16, 2013

Khoi Tran... and... Birgit...

Thank you both very much for the very nice comments and the Likes, with extra thanks, KhoiTran, for the special Y* and my apologies that I missed your comment earlier! I appreciate both your visits very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 16, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/06/14 17:53:37