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35 East Wacker Drive, or the Jewelers’ Building, is a 40-story 522 foot historic building in the Loop area of Chicago. It’s part of the Michigan-Wacker Historic District along the Chicago River and is a National and Chicago Historic Landmark. The Neo-Classical building was completed in 1927 and was designed by Joachim Giaver and Frederick Dinkelberg of Goettsch Partners, and was the tallest building outside of NYC upon its completion. Later referred to as the Pure Oil Building and North American Life Building, the tower housed parking and a car lift on the first 23 floors for the first fourteen years which facilitated safe transfers for the jewelry merchants. There was once a restaurant called the Stratosphere Lounge in the cupola under the building’s ornate dome on the top levels, which is now the showroom for architect Helmut Jahn. One of its most well-known tenants was Mercury Records (1950-1973), and the national charity Feeding America is currently based here. The building is featured heavily in Batman Begins and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and is shown as the location of the law firm Lockhart/Gardner on The Good Wife.

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About Ashland Thomas

Chicago, IL

Ashland grew up in Southeast Virginia surrounded by lush rural landscapes, great protected swamp lands, national & state parks, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the breathtaking Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Mountains, and the inlets & oceans of Virginia & North Carolina.

It was this constant variation in natural beauty that first drew his eye to the camera; that, and the constant joy of capturing life's candid moments on film. Although no particular subject is banned from the lens of Ashland's camera, it is landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and nature that truly captures his heart.

"There's always more to see, more to learn, more to be wowed about-I just hope you enjoy what I see in the world."

A constant staple on the likes of Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook, Ashland currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and looks forward to many more years of development, collaboration, creativity, world travel, and art.

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