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Chicago Cultural Center

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 17 September 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Chicago Cultural Center is a Chicago landmark building that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor has welcomed Presidents and royalty, diplomats and community leaders. The building is a testament to the foresight of Chicago's turn of the (20th) century cultural leadership. Originally the central library building, it was converted to an arts and culture center at the instigation of Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg. This is also where the Tiffany dome and chandelier seen the last two days are showcased.

As the nation's first free municipal cultural center, the Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city's most popular attractions and is considered one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States. Each year, the Chicago Cultural Center features more than 1,000 programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts.

According to Crain's Chicago Business, the Chicago Cultural Center was the fifth most-visited cultural institution in the Chicago area in 2007, with 821,000 visitors.

The building was designed by Boston architectural firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge for the city's central library and Grand Army of the Republic Museum, and completed in 1897 at a cost of nearly $2 million. It is organized as a 4-story north wing and a 5-story south wing, 104 feet tall, with 3-foot thick masonry walls faced with Bedford bluestone on a granite base, and designed in a generally neoclassical style with Romanesque revival elements.

Photo taken September 13, 2009.

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Rajesh from Bangalore, India

This building stands out among the glass buildings. Beautiful.

17 Sep 2009 5:20am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

An amazing building, good image

17 Sep 2009 5:21am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wow! Just love the treatment you have given this. Has a look of pastel crayons, fantastic!

17 Sep 2009 10:46am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Tout simplement superbe !

17 Sep 2009 12:06pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

That's a beautiful HDR -- the color is superb!

17 Sep 2009 12:44pm

marc from Granby, Canada

très belle image en HDR bien réussi...

17 Sep 2009 12:57pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

WOW,WOW,WOW, wait for it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, WOW

17 Sep 2009 1:42pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Fabulous HDR ! Great shot !

17 Sep 2009 2:10pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding capture and treatment. HDR is powerful for the architecture. I have a passion for the old grand buildings of the past. They will never be built like this again, and as you pointed out earlier the cost comparison.
Superb angle for the shot, nice work.
There was a possibility of going to Chicago this past year, it was postponed, now I must go and include seeing this Cultural Center. Thanks.

17 Sep 2009 2:42pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is such a beautiful building but I think I am more fascinated by the fire escape on the building to the left.

17 Sep 2009 3:09pm

@Michael Rawluk: I was also fascinated by the fire escape and realized that when I originally had my watermark in the upper left corner of the photo. Then I decided to place the watermark in the lower left corner. :-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Dynamite HDR.

17 Sep 2009 4:08pm

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

a great photo, i like the reflection

17 Sep 2009 4:25pm

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

Your photos are absolutely stunning. Keep it up.

17 Sep 2009 7:46pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I remember it from your earlier shots! A bright and cheerful image.

17 Sep 2009 7:47pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow the color pops out from the screen, this is one of the best HDR images I have seen! Who's the "master" now? :)

17 Sep 2009 10:28pm

Bob Towery from Granite Bay, United States

Excellent post, of an excellent composition. Way to go!

20 Sep 2009 10:42pm

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Beautiful HDR. Are you using Photomatix for your work or manually doing it in Photoshop. I am very impressed with your results!!

23 Sep 2009 1:45am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

definitely one of your best hdr's!!! gorgeous color and detail!!!

29 Sep 2009 1:51pm