345 West Fullerton Parkway was designed by the noted Chicago architect Harry Weese and built in 1972 by the construction firm of Henry Paschen on the grounds of his parents’ home. For the next 18 years, while 345 was a rental apartment building, his mother, Lillian Field Paschen, and then his sister, Marjorie Paschen O’Neil, and her husband Robert, lived on the 23rd floor of the west tower. In 1990 Henry and Marjorie sold the building to developers, and 345 went condo.
Harry Weese is perhaps best known for the design of the Washington DC Metro stations, but his buildings spread across Chicago, including the Time-Life Building; the 17th Church of Christ, Scientist, on Wacker Drive; the former Metropolitan Correctional Center, now the US Courthouse Annex; the River Cottages on Canal Street; and the Swissôtel, among many others.
Paschen Contractors were involved in the construction of many of the major projects in Chicago, among them, Navy Pier, the McCormick Place expansion, the Deep Tunnel Project, the Dirkson US Courthouse, the IBM Building, and the straightening of the S-curve on Lake Shore Drive.