Smart as Chicago: Beautiful world

DSC_0305I have never seen anything like this for scale.

The Cultural Center is a visual treat for sore eyes, in a city where anyone who has an interest in architecture is like a kid in a candy store! This is where I found Modernism’s Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli. Looking here in the center window, you can see Alfonso’s Prudential Design.

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arch detail2This beautiful building was once the central library and it rivaled both New York and Boston for it’s beauty. Can you believe once upon a time, libraries were treasure chests, not the kind of pedestrian, well-lit buildings we have today.

DSC_0325Even a crappy shot like this looks good.

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DSC_0320I cannot believe the detail for ceilings, much like the opera houses.

DSC_0295This year I have seen a ton of buildings, I doubt I saw anything quite like this Healy-Millet dome, though.

In Vienna, last summer I was in a church dome, it was really something to be inside a dome in which the paintings were being cleaned and you got to see things up close. This dome was stained glass, quite beautiful from the floor.

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