photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

Palmer House duos

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

© David Moenkhaus


These cell phone images were made at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago last year.

The image on the left: the center of a tulip, in an arrangement in the beautiful lobby of the famous hotel.

The image on the right: stone stairs that connect the second floor to the lobby.

And the other image is of the famous Palmer House ceiling, which is 50 feet long and is composed of 21 individual pieces painted in 1926 in Paris by French artist Louis Pierre Rigal.


Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views

Palmer House Hotel circa 1870, prior to being destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871 – 13 days after it opened

Three things to remember about the Palmer House Hotel...

1) Potter Palmer’s Hotel is very beautiful. It’s also a great place to stay when you’re in Chicago.

2) The Palmer House Hotel is the longest continually operating hotel in the United States.

3) The chocolate brownie was invented at the hotel in 1893.

It seems that prominent Chicago socialite, Bertha Palmer (whose husband Potter owned the Palmer House Hotel) asked the pastry chef for a desert so ladies attending the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 had a little something sweet in their boxed lunches. She asked for something smaller than a piece of cake, but still retaining cake-like characteristics. The first brownies featured an apricot glaze and walnuts, and they are still made at the hotel. Apparently Bertha Potter was a friend of Claude Monet’s, and at one time had the largest collection of Impressionist art outside of France.

The painting of the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 (below-left) was painted by the great Thomas Moran. He wasn’t an Impressionist but he’s one of my favorite American landscape painters.  I fell in love with his work on my 1st visit to Yellowstone National Park where in  1993, I was fortunate enough to see his original and iconic watercolors of the icy and fiery region at the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs – the headquarters of the park.    

They were the same watercolors that helped convince Congress to set 2.2 million square miles of the Yellowstone ecosystem aside as

our 1st National Park in 1871. They are now tucked safely away at the Library of Congress.

below left: Chicago World’s Fair 1894 – Thomas Moran /  below right: Yellowstone 1871 – Thomas Moran

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

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