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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
– Frank Lloyd Wright