Chicago – Historic Treasures Part 2
What a treat to just walk by some of the historic buildings in Chicago, like the amazing Carson Pirie Scott Flagship store on State Street. The 1899 cast iron masterpiece by Louis Sullivan is the new home of Target.
More Louis Sullivan cast iron we saw in The Art Institute of Chicago.
After spending a lot of time planning our itinerary to see as much as we could of the Open House architecture, we decided to add one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson, The Driehaus Museum.
“Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Mr. Driehaus commissioned a five-year restoration effort to preserve the structure and its magnificent interiors. Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as Herter Brothers and Louis Comfort Tiffany.”
The lobby is a rich variety of marbles from both Europe and America. Full corinthian columns frame the grand marble staircase.
View of the Drawing Room from the Lobby.
My favorite fireplace. Mr. Driehaus’ collection throughout the house is magnificent. The paintings, sculptures, accessories and furnishings are all splendid examples of the finest of the period. “Good architecture brings pleasure; it makes people feel comfortable in their larger home–in this great city of Chicago.” Richard H. Driehaus, Founder.
Like these beautiful paintings.
Tiffany Nautilus Table lamp.
Tiffany Floor Lamp
Tiffany Gothic Chandelier
Next Stop the grand Lyric Opera House
Love the Blackstone Lobby with wood panels and gold finish on all ornament.
Congress Plaza Hotel – This hotel has this amazing ballroom, but the rest of the hotel shows the challenge of maintaining a historic treasure along with renovations that are not in keeping with the integrity of the structure.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
More beautiful doors.
We ended our day with a Chicago River Cruise.
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