Fine Arts

Last Sunday we spent part of a beautiful October day in downtown Chicago at Open House Chicago going into and

touring some historic and beautiful buildings in and around Chicago.

 

 “The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago.”

 

We spent the most of our time in the famous Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue.

Also known as The Studebaker Building, the beautiful building at 410 S. Michigan Ave. was built

between 1884-1885 and was designed by Solon Spencer Beman.

 

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Frank Loyd Wright once had an office in the building, as well as W. W. Denslow who illustrated The Wizard of Oz.

Lorado Taft, the sculptor who created the Fountain of the Great Lakes at the Art Institute of Chicago, also had a

studio in the Fine Arts Building at one time. It’ a really special building and we ended up spending almost 2 hours there.

 

We started by sitting down in the plush, red velvet seats in the incredibly beautiful and recently renovated, Studebaker Theater.

Along with about 50 other people we admired the stunning theater as a couple of dancers rehearsed a waltz in silence on the big stage.

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

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we were done admiring both the dancers and the theater itself, we got into one of the cool old

elevators (operated by an actual elevator operator) and were whisked up to the 10th floor.

We spent the next 1 1/2 hours descending the handsome stairways and strolling the hallways of the great building.

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

© David Moenkhaus

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

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

elevator details – Fine Arts Building – Chicago.IL

 

The sounds of brass ensembles and string instruments floated through the air as we walked the historic halls.

The entire building is devoted to art and it was wonderful to be there. I couldn’t help but think that

having a studio in this building must be a beautiful thing.

 

I’m not sure what the process is that can etch glass like in the photo below, but almost every studio door had an exquisite glass panel like this one.

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

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also spent a good deal of time touring the William Harris Lee & Co’s violin making studio. We stumbled upon their space on the 5th floor quite by accident

and we were captivated by all of the beautiful  violins, violas, cellos and double basses they were handcrafting.

 

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

© David Moenkhaus

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

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLWright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.

– Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Fine Arts

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