Chicago Hosts a Collection of Architecture

November 09, 2014

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Chicago is known for many things, including its impressive collection of architecture. From French inspiration to modern elements, Chicago has stunningly beautiful buildings that should be added to any tour list. Enjoy the Windy City while visiting these breathtaking architectural buildings.

Constructed in 1921, the Chicago Theatre was designed by architects Cornelius W. Rapp and George L. Rapp. Known as “the Wonder Theatre of the World,” this theatre was designed in the French Revival style of Neo-Baroque. From the five story elegant lobby to the majestic staircase, this theatre was inspired by the French Baroque style. The exterior features a replica of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe while the grand staircase is patterned after one found at the Paris Opera House. The beautiful auditorium is complete with elegant mural paintings on the walls with more than 35,000 artifacts.

Chicago Theatre

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Originally, this museum was built in 1893 as The Place of Fine Arts for the World’s Colombian Exposition. Built with its Beaux-Arts style, the building moved in 1926 and was restored. Now, visitors can enjoy the modern style inside, but the original French inspired architecture was kept on the exterior.

If you have walked in Millennium Park, then chances are you have noticed the contemporary design of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This eye-catching piece was designed by Frank Gehry. The outdoor concert venue features an exquisite band shell made from crisscrossing stainless steel pipes. This contemporary concert hall is also home to the Grant Park Music Festival and other free concerts and events.

Considered Chicago’s front door, Buckingham Fountain was modeled from the Beaux-Arts style after the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles in France. Architect Edwards H. Bennet designed this fountain to serve as Grant Park’s focal point. The fountain is composed of four basins elaborately carved from granite and pink Georgia marble. On the lower basin, four sets of Art Deco sea horses represent the four states that border Lake Michigan.

These interactive architectural buildings in Chicago offer visitors and residents the chance to learn about Chicago’s wide variety of architecture. For more examples of Chicago’s great architecture, click here.

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