Visit the Chicago Cultural Center: An Architectural Gem Just Blocks from Harrington

November 5, 2012 General, Interior Design 0 Comments

Chicago Cultural Center

Many people may take for granted the unending number of architectural landmarks that surround us in Chicago. One of these gems is undoubtedly the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Chicago Cultural Center was in 1897 by Boston architectural firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge to serve as the city’s central library and Grand Army of the Republic Museum. Today, the building still stands on East Washington Street and South Michigan Avenue, hosting a variety of cultural and art exhibitions.

What I find amazing? The variety of stone material that makes up the exterior and interior of the building, including:

  • Bedford Bluestone facing on 3-foot masonry walls
  • Green-veined Vermont marble entry hall
  • White Carrara marble walled lobby
  • Favrile glass, stone and mother of pearl mosaics
  • Knoxville pink marble rotunda

All of these exquisite details, combined with the various styles executed throughout the building, are topped by (but of course), a 38-foot Tiffany glass dome, which is the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world.

One day, if you have the opportunity, be sure to stop by the Cultural Center to see what makes this building truly one of Chicago’s most-visited architectural gems. The Chicago Cultural Center is located on 78 E. Washington St, just six blocks west and one block north of HCD!

Photo and facts courtesy of Wikipedia (

- Harrington blogger Amber Moore


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