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Garfield Park Fieldhouse

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 June 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Originally the West Park Commission Administration Building, the Garfield Park Fieldhouse, known to thousands of Chicagoans as the “Gold Dome Building” for its distinctive gold-leaf dome towering over Garfield Park, is a dramatic visual landmark for the surrounding Garfield Park neighborhood.

The Garfield Park Fieldhouse is an architecturally impressive building in the Spanish Baroque Revival style, unusual in the context of Chicago’s architectural history as well as for the Chicago Park District. This visually flamboyant style uses decorative details drawn from historic Spanish Baroque and Spanish Colonial architecture. Characteristic of the style, the Garfield Park Fieldhouse has a richly decorated entrance pavilion with twisted columns, portrait busts and sculptures, and other ornamentation including scallop shells, scrolls, pinnacles, niches, and swirling, naturalistic plant forms. Inside, the Fieldhouse has an ornate two-story rotunda with a
colorful patterned terrazzo floor and marble-clad walls punctuated with sculptural panels.

Built in 1928 as the headquarters for the West Park Commission, the Garfield Park Fieldhouse represents a period in Chicago’s history when the City’s parks were managed by nearly two dozen separate park commissions before their consolidation as the Chicago Park District in 1934. The West Park Administration Building’s conversion to a fieldhouse after 1934 reflects the changing cultural attitudes towards the role of parks in Chicago in the twentieth century as park administrators created and renovated park landscapes and buildings to encourage active, rather than passive, recreational uses.

Photo captured April 27, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

A gorgeous capture going to extreme.. may I say WOW !

26 Jun 2012 5:14am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

The detail is fabulous, and I love the blue sky reflected in all the windows!

26 Jun 2012 6:26am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love that reflection of the blue sky in the windows

26 Jun 2012 8:00am

l'Angevine from France

intéressante architecture

26 Jun 2012 8:24am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!!!

26 Jun 2012 9:02am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm surprised to see such Spanish and Moorish influences so far north in the USA.

26 Jun 2012 9:08am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic ornate style - the light is sensational on the gold dome!

26 Jun 2012 10:31am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbare Aufnahme. Sehr gut ausgerichtet. Schön mit den blauen Fenstern und der Spiegelung.

26 Jun 2012 12:15pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

it´s always fantastic to see your captures with all these details! great, you´ve definitely an eye for such motives!

26 Jun 2012 1:30pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is beautiful Steven. I would REALLy like to shoot this one :-) Fantastic!

26 Jun 2012 4:39pm

Lewy from Wallis, Switzerland

Fantastisches Bild. gute Aufnahme und grossartig aufbereitet.

26 Jun 2012 5:06pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautifully embellished building. The dome is pretty spectacular.

26 Jun 2012 6:32pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

fantastic architecture - well captured
you were lucky with the nice clouds in the sky

26 Jun 2012 8:08pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Very beautiful.

26 Jun 2012 8:32pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is a beautful building. I love the detail. A wonderful frame!

26 Jun 2012 9:18pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Stunning place, cracking shot

26 Jun 2012 9:55pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A wonderfully ornate building, photographed to great natural light advantage!

27 Jun 2012 12:23am

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Interesting architecture with fabulous details and textures !!! Beautiful photo, light and colors are great ...

27 Jun 2012 12:57am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is certainly an ornate building.

27 Jun 2012 4:27am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Beautiful building. It really shines before this blue sky. Excellent image.

27 Jun 2012 6:26am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

A masterpiece of design, the photo seems to have texture as if one could feel the
precise "carving" of this jewel box lid, the detail is simply mesmerizing, and that
gorgeous golden colouring makes it seem you are in a desert, so enticing and so
beautiful, it appears to loom far above its height !~

28 Jun 2012 6:32pm