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Chicago Cultural Center

  • Historically Known As: Chicago Public Library, Central Building

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1892/07/27 At the Groundbreaking ceremony, Library Board president, Dr Emil G Hirsch said "We have for years been ... wandering ... in search of a home. At last we have reached the promised land .... As the sun's heat is oppressive, I will not detain you further."
1897/00/00 Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company Artisan Tiffany glass dome is install in the Preston Bradley Hall. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with about 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy and Millet.
1897/10/02 Robert C Spencer Jr Architect Chicago Public Library holds a open house for the public. The Grand staircase of white Carrara contains mosaics designed by Robert C Spencer and executed in the Tiffany Studios in New York by J A Holzer.
1897/10/09 Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge Architect Gala celebration for the Chicago Public Library and Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall is held for nearly 3,000 guests. The Chicago Orchestra plays the intermezzo from Pietro Mascagni's Cavallieria Rusticana, Cavalleria rusticana
1898/00/00 Vermont Marble Co Supplier Memorial Hall is leased to the Grand Army Hall and Memorial Association between 1898 and 1948. Vermont marble walls are inscribed with the names of 30 Civil War battles. The hall is used for ceremonial and artistic purposes, including weddings.

Data »

Particulars for Chicago Cultural Center:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Sight Category Building
Material Italian Carrara Marble
Historic Use Library
Level of Significance Local
Architectural Style Neo-Classical
Building Attribute Stained Glass
Level of Significance State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 72000449
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: Coolidge,C.A.; Spencer,Robert C.
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Neo-ClassicalTiffany
Level of Significance: State; Local
Area of Significance: Art, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1893, 1897
Historic Function: Education
Historic Sub-Function: Library
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Education, Government
Current Sub-Function: Museum Library

Creative Works »

The Untouchables Film Brian De Palma Opera House lobby and Dome Room (Preston Bradley Hall) Film Location

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