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Harold Washington Library

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 30 September 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Located at 400 S. State Street, the Harold Washington Library Center is the central library for the Chicago Public Library System. The bottom portion is made of large granite blocks. Red brick makes up the majority of the exterior. These two portions draw on the Beaux-Art style.

With the support of then Mayor Harold Washington and Chicago's wealthy Pritzker family, ground was broken at the chosen site at Congress Parkway and State Street, covering an entire block. Upon the building's completion in 1991, the new Mayor Richard M. Daley named the building in honor of the now-deceased Washington, an advocate of reading and education among Chicagoans as well as an advocate of the library's construction. Since completion, the library has appeared in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest public library building (not library system) in the world.

Photo captured August 6, 2010.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, what a fantastic place, love the roof

30 Sep 2010 5:16am

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

You would have thought the building was finished at the turn of the century... 1900's that is, not twenty years ago. I do like the roof too, what's it made of?

30 Sep 2010 5:20am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice sky
nice colors
nice photo

30 Sep 2010 7:43am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Like the lovely earthy colour.. a fine architecture.. love the big windows..

30 Sep 2010 8:23am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Fantastic POV and very beautiful building ! Great capture Steven. Have a nice day :)

30 Sep 2010 12:48pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I sure like the roofline and the art up there - wow. The entire building is phenomenal! Chicage is such a cool city. Great job Steven!!

30 Sep 2010 3:21pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great photo . Great light and colors .

30 Sep 2010 4:17pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Wow! Fabulous shot!
Love the pov, lighting, colours and the details on the roof..
Well captured!

30 Sep 2010 5:17pm

Antoine from France

Bonjour Steven. Superb photo. Your framing is excellent and colours are very beautiful. The blue sky with the clunds are very wonderful. Excellent work Steven. Have a great day Steven.

30 Sep 2010 8:47pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

very interesting and beautiful shot of this beautiful structure! Great color and clarity! Stunning!!!

1 Oct 2010 12:56am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An impressive and stately building in that red and black (or dark green) garb. An excellent wide angle shot.

1 Oct 2010 3:16am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

An excellent wide angle shot and right position with beautiful sky combination

1 Oct 2010 4:42am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Some might see this a a rather ungainly building but, oh, what a sizzling way to turn a corner !

1 Oct 2010 8:54pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I'm always fascinated by these giant American libraries! Fabulous!

4 Oct 2010 2:39pm