"An eye-catching new 'Chicago Public Library'" Harold Washington Library Tip by Bwana_Brown
Harold Washington Library, Chicago: 10 reviews and 31 photos
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
More Things to Do in Chicago (20)
More Reviews (27)
- See All Soldier Field - impressive whether old...
- See All You get to pick one out of two red...
- Weddings and Street Bands
- See All One for the road
- Lake Michigan fog
Bwana_Brown's Related Pages
Have you been to Chicago?Share Your Travels