Chicago – December 2022 – Cultural Center

The very impressive Chicago Cultural Center started out life as the Main Chicago Public Library. Despite the plethora of legendary Chicago architects this building was designed in the late 1890s by the Boston architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge.

The details are immediately evident as you enter from the Washington Street entrance and start up the staircases.

The main circulation room when it was a library is now known as the Preston Bradley Hall. This room features the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world.

A second view looking straight up with the light in the center, changing the look and coloring of the dome.

At the north end of the building is the Grand Army of the Republic dome. This 40′ diameter dome was designed by Healy & Millet. It contains over 50,000 pieces of glass in a Renaissance pattern.

The Chicago Cultural Center has free admission and a number of exhibits, none of which are as impressive as the building itself.