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Chicago Cultural Center - Exterior 1

Chicago Cultural Center


Architect: Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge


Date: 1897


Style: Neoclassical with Italian Renaissance elements


Address: 78 East Washington St. (Randolph St.)


Height: 104 ft.


Materials: Masonry, Limestone, Granite, Stained Glass, Brass, Marble, Mother of Pearl


Program: Reception Venue


Originally having been the central library building, the Chicago Cultural Center became known as “The People’s Palace” in 1897. The buildings purpose was to enrich the culture and intellect of the city’s people, and today continues doing so by being the home to thousands of visitors who gather to attend many public events being held in the building. It hosts a wide range of events that are open to the public, many of which are free of charge. It allows all of its visitors to not only appreciate its magnificent architecture, but also allows for enlightenment and entertainment of its guests through the events held.


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Taken on June 4, 2012