"An eye-catching new 'Chicago Public Library'" Harold Washington Library Tip by Bwana_Brown

Harold Washington Library, Chicago: 10 reviews and 31 photos

  South-side Congress Parkway view of the building
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  • South-side Congress Parkway view of the building - Chicago
      South-side Congress Parkway view of the building
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  • Close-up of a rooftop 'acroteria angularia' - Chicago
      Close-up of a rooftop 'acroteria angularia'
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  • Looking into the sun as I approached the rear - Chicago
      Looking into the sun as I approached the rear
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Chicago's new public library, the Harold Washington Library, is certainly an eye-catching sight when you suddenly come across it! Built in 1991 and named after a former city Mayor who fought hard for its construction, it has been reported to be the largest public library building in the world.

Architecturaly, large street-level granite blocks support the red bricks that make up the majority of the exterior. The west side of the building has a glass, steel and aluminum wall to provide plenty of natural light for reading. However, what really caught my eye were the fantastic ornaments added to its roof in 1993! My 2nd photo shows a close-up view of one of these 'acroteria angularia' as they are officially known - it features an Owl, symbolizing knowledge to the Greeks, nestled in vegetation of some sort.

Address: 400 South State St., Chicago
Directions: Southeast corner of the Loop area
Phone: 312-747-4300
Website: http://www.chipublib.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 12, 2008
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