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Jun 30 2011

I heart Chicago, part deux

Friday Ben took me – at my request – on his official unofficial architectural tour of downtown. My faves were the Rookery and the Marquette Building. The Rookery was designed by Burnham & Root and completed in 1888, and its interior was modernized by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905. Its inner Light Court is incomparably lovely – a skylit, vaulted atrium in the center of the eleven-story building. The Marquette Building, designed by Holabird & Roche and completed in 1895, is now home to the MacArthur Foundation. Scenes depicting the lives of Joliet and Marquette are cast in metal relief over the entrance doors and in delicate Tiffany glass tiles in the lobby. Magnificent. And the Foundation has thoughtfully assembled an exhibit about the building and the Chicago School of Architecture generally behind the lobby. (Hint for the quiz: the Parthenon is not an example of the Chicago School.)

An online tour is available here.

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