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Fine Arts Building, Chicago: 1 reviews and 0 photos

Visited October 2011 on the Open House weekend

The Fine Arts Building was built in 1885, designed by Solan Beman. It's original purpose was as a Studebaker showroom, in 1898 three more floors were added and it then became the Fine Arts Building, home to studios and theaters. It's been quite a few years since the Fine Arts Theater in this building closed, it used to be one of the few movie theaters in town showing independent films, now there are several.

There are still manually operated elevators, not something you see very often anymore (although I see one every day as I work in a building that still has one). You can pop in for a visit when the building is open, the Open House tour encouraged us to go to the 10th floor to see the murals, to the 4th floor to see the beautiful courtyard and to the 2nd floor to see a Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window. You can do a self guided walking tour, the 4th floor courtyard is not listed so that might have only been open for the Open House weekend.

Address: 410 S. Michigan Avenue
Phone: 1 312-566-9800

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  • Updated Oct 16, 2011
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